Emergency Radio Communications
During disasters and other serious emergency
situations, when many other systems fail, a proven
reliable means of communication has been emergency
radio communications, notably “amateur” or “ham”
In the event of a natural or man made disaster, the telephone and cell phone systems could be inoperable or simply overloaded.
Emergency radio is a public safety lifeline
that assists within the community and links the
community in crisis to where relief and support can
Amateur radio is a key public safety lifeline that
will provide emergency communications when British
Columbians need it most.
The web page
contains much information on the provincial
level for emergency communications.
more information about the role of Amateur Radio
Operators in the event of an emergency, go to
Emergency Management BC
PEMO Comms is an integral part of the Peninsula
Emergency Measures Organization and works closely
with ESS, Search and Rescue and the Local
Authorities to provide communications support.
provide a link to other agencies, such as other municipalities or the Provincial Government for message handling and disaster reporting.
of the three municipalities in PEMO has a radio room
located near the likely location of an Emergency
Municipal Building -
1620 Mills Road
North Saanich, BC
Sidney Fire Hall -
9837 Third St,
Fire Hall No. 1 -
1512 Keating Cross Road, Saanichton,
If you are a Ham radio
operator we would like to know where you
live and what radios you have. We do need
volunteers who have had experience with
radio communication but also others who are
willing to help in a variety of jobs related
to our communications operation. We will
provide assistance if you wish to learn more
about voice procedures on radio, message
handling or about two way radio in general.
As a volunteer in this area, in your
community you may wish to give as much or as
little time as you have to spare, but know
you are making a difference by allowing your
name to be on our list of potential
emergency helpers. Support your
community. Call now for more information or
emergency, Amateur Radio operators should tune to 146.490 MHz., and listen.