The Communications Department of EMA
has the main function of coordinating all communications between the
various departments and staff of the local Emergency Management
organization as well as communications to agencies outside of the
organization such as the local police and fire, State Emergency
Management (SEMA) State Police and National Weather Service.
The services provided by the
Communications group are performing .net control activities,
emergency lighting and power, communications training, severe
weather spotting activities through races (Radio, Amateur, Civil,
Emergency, Services in support of the NWS Skywarn) and
inter-departmental support activities.
Our services are used many different
ways by the various agencies and community. In support of the local
police and Drug Enforcement agencies we will use our mobile
emergency. lighting capabilities with 7000 watts if lighting to
illuminate crime scenes during the investigations. In the event of
widespread power outages we are able currently provide over.
watts of mobile generating capacity
with an additional 350,000 watts to be available in the near future.
In support of the community, we provide the parking lot support and
security the Western High School sporting events as well as support
of many. other community activities such as the county fair and
Haynes Apperson Festival to name a few.
The most exciting
new feature that Communications supports is the Mobile Command
Center. Our support of this
vehicle includes a full communications center for local, state, and
amateur radio communications, a mobile weather station, telephone
and computer support and a remotely controlled low light camera
system with 55X zoom. This mobile command is fully self supporting
with 13000 watts of electrical generating capacity.
full service capabilities of the communications group we are a
integral member of the Kokomo/Howard County Emergency Management