Emergency & Communications

Be ready for an Emergency

All good scouts will know BP’s message of Be Prepared, but are we?

Australia can throw up an emergency or two at any time.  Some common emergencies can catch us out. Storms, fire, flood, power outage, are just a few things that may cause us to reach for our emergency bag or kit…
A few tips to consider are listed below, how ready are you for the unexpected:

  • Do you have spare fresh drinking water in a sealed container?
  • Do you know where to lay your hands on your waterproof torch?
  • Have you checked the batteries and operation of the torch in the last month?
  • Do you have a battery operated radio to receive news, warnings and weather reports?
  • Do you have spare batteries for all of the above?
  • Have you a pen, pencil and paper or notebook handy?
  • Do you have family, friends and emergency contact numbers handy?
  • Do you have a land line phone that will work when the power goes off?
  • Do you rely on a mobile phone, is it charged and ready for work?
  • Have you a charger for the phone in your bag?
  • Can you lay your hands on a waterproof coat?
  • Do you have a change of clothing (both for warm and cold weather) in your bag?
  • Do you have spare medication or a reminder note to grab it if you leave home?
  • Have you a first aid kit handy?
  • If you rely on the internet for information, will it work when the power goes off?
  • If you have to leave home, have you told a friend or relative where you are going?
  • Have you a snack bar or two to keep your self going if meals are not available?

Emergency Communications Training

The Radio and Electronics team can provide Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Leaders with the basics of Emergency Communications training.

If you wish to take this further, the SRESU encourages Leaders and Rovers to consider opportunities for training via the CFA, Volunteer Coast Guard, or SES.

We also suggest the initiatives offered via the Wireless Institute of Australia in their provision of training of amateur radio operators for activities associated with emergency communications preparedness. This opportunity is ideal for Leaders and Rovers

In association with the WIA’s Recognised Training Organisation (RTO), TrainSafe, a nationally recognised training package has now been developed.

Training courses are advertised, with dates and venues.
Applications for a place on these courses must be made
using the “on-line” application system. The fee for WIA members is $30.  Special introductory rates for non-members may be available at the time of registration.

More infomation can be found on the WIA webpage:

http://www.wia.org.au/members/emcom/emcomtrain/

Persons who have successfully completed training can then apply for WIA accreditation as a Volunteer Communications Operator. The application for WIA accreditation includes questions relating to personal health, fitness and availability, and only persons assessed as suitable will be awarded WIA accreditation as a WIA Volunteer Communications Operator.