During major disasters such as earthquakes or fire, regular communications services including telephones, cellphones and Internet could be compromised.
That’s where amateur radio operators step in to serve their community.
The Coast Emergency Communications Association is looking for new members to help in case disaster strikes on vancouver Island.
The organization, based in Nanaimo and staffed by volunteers, provides emergency communications services to the City of Nanaimo and the Regional District of Nanaimo in times of crisis.
Portable radios and other equipment have been acquired by the city and RDN and installed at dedicated centres for use by CECA members during an emergency.
The public is invited to learn more about the association at an open house Saturday (Oct. 1) from 1-3 p.m. at 1415 Wingrove St.
Members will be on hand to answer questions and visitors are invited to try their hand at making radio calls with the assistance of a qualified operator.
For more information on CECA, please e-mail email@example.com or visit www.coastemergency.ca.