Team Leader: Dave Rickon (NF8O)
Assistant Team Leader: Rene Eady (KD8SSW)
SKYWARN Coordinator: Tracey Liston (W8TWL)
Program Manager: Ben Nau (KE8BJA)
The EMA Communications Unit consists of dedicated volunteers who provide communications capabilities, support, & coordination to EMA, public safety & other organizations. These volunteers work under the direct authority of EMA.
Members of the Communications Unit have the opportunity to:
RACES: The Communications Unit is a RACES Station (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, which is a FEMA emergency amateur radio communications program.
SHARES: The EMA is also a SHARES (Shared Resource High Frequency Radio Program) Station which is a program administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Coordinating Center for Communications. This provides the means of communicating via voice and email around the world on federal radio frequencies. This was recently used extensively when the hurricanes hit Puerto Rico in 2017.
ARES: The majority of the volunteers are also amateur radio operators and members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) which is a program under the ARRL.