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4.8 Search Team Communications

Communications is an important aspect of the search effort. A communication network needs be established within a few hours of the startup of the organized search.

The communications link between the Recovery Center and the search teams is critical. Cellular telephones and/or two-way radios are two proven systems. The cellular phones are preferred for their distance, mobility, security and tractability.

The cellular telephones can be obtained (often donated) from local cellular providers.

Two-way radios can be obtained (often donated) from local sources.

Search Team Communications Desk

Equipment Management

Communication equipment should be checked-out and checked-in by the individual in charge of communications.

Shutdown Tasks

The shutdown for the search communications involves the gathering and documentation of all the equipment. All components (phone, case, radio, chargers and batteries) should be grouped by device number and returned to the original source.


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