If cell phone and Internet service fails, and you can’t reach 9 1 1 or Emergency Services, there’s another way to help keep your family safe...
The Coloma Lotus Neighborhood Radio Watch is an all-volunteer group of concerned citizens dedicated to promoting community safety in the neighborhoods of Coloma, Lotus, Arrowbee, Luneman and Gold Hill, and throughout El Dorado County.
Dedicated To Community Safety
Over 50% of home owners and 70% of renters depend entirely on cell phones to stay in touch with our friends, families and emergency services. Cell phones, in turn, depend upon billions of dollars of technology not to fail.
But the last few years have seen a dramatic rise in the frequency and intensity of fires, storms, and power failures – events that disrupt vital, life-saving phone and Internet systems at the very moment we need them most.
As recent PG&E power shutdowns have proven, El Dorado County is no exception to these outages. Even more critically, according to CalFire our area is located a Very Fire Hazard Severity Zone, making the need for reliable communications even greater.
How will you keep yourself, your family and friends safer in the case of fire or other emergency when telephone and Internet services fail?
Our Neighborhood Radio Watch program offers a solution...
Introducing Radio For The Rest of Us
For years, Amateur Radio Operators (aka "Hams"), have used radios when normal communications fail. First Responders such as Police, Fire, Sheriff, and Emergency Medical Personnel, also depend on radios for reliable communications.
However, it’s become increasingly critical for "the rest of us," our families, our friends, and our community, to also have access to reliable communications in case telephone and Internet services fail.
Communities in Coloma, Lotus, Arrowbee, Luneman and Gold Hill, with support from the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club, have set up a local Neighborhood Radio Watch program to help our neighbors stay safer during emergencies and disasters.
Working with community leaders and first responders, we help our residents learn how to use simple, affordable radios to communicate when the power is off and phone and Internet service is disabled.
The Neighborhood Radio Watch Program
¨ Learn how to get the most from our public emergency communications systems
¨ Free community workshops on How To Use Two-way Radios
¨ Free community workshops on How To Use Police and Fire Scanners
¨ Expert advice on the best radios to buy for you and your family
¨ Regular, weekly “Safety Nets” to help practice using our community radio system before an emergency or disaster strikes.
NOTE: Neighborhood Radio Watch Programs ARE NOT a replacement for Emergency Services such as Police, Fire, the Sheriff's Office or 911. These programs are intended solely as a backup communications solution When All Else Fails.
For more information, contact:
The Coloma Lotus Neighborhood Radio Watch
CL NRW Welcome Committee
The El Dorado County
Amateur Radio Club
Public Information Officer