Emergency Management - Radio
During emergencies or disasters, communications resources often become overloaded and are reduced in effectiveness. On occasion, a disaster will impact these resources directly, causing outages that are devastating to emergency response efforts.
Emergency communications resources, which are managed by DES, are designed to augment normal communications resources during times of need. Radio equipment is available on all major public safety, fire, and public works frequencies with additional capabilities on government and military frequencies on short-wave (long distance), that provides back-up to Denver, Washington D.C., and other locations. DES' resources are hardened to withstand the effects of lightning, wind, and earthquake and are connected to emergency power systems.
Volunteer radio operators that DES has access to are trained and exercised on a regular basis by the full-time staff. More than 1000 radio operators, located throughout Utah, are provided frequent training.