Emergency Communications: Ham RadioThis fellow does a rather good job explaining Ham Radio unfortunately he is not familiar with the Emergency Radio NetworkMessage 1 of 1 , Jun 18, 2011View SourceSee video here> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8JFmhL6_dI&feature=relatedhttp://wireless.fcc.gov/
ERN MISSION:The Emergency Radio Network (ERN) is an alternate means of communication for people throughout the United States during an emergency (Check your specific state). In the event of a neighborhood or area-wide power, telephone or Internet failure, ERN can keep you in touch. ERN uses Family Radio Service (FRS) and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) radios on channel 1, no subchannel. FRS and GMRS radios are those little handheld walkie-talkie radios that family and friends use to keep in touch at parks, on ski slopes and in malls. If there is an emergency, tune your radio to channel 1. ERN may be your pipeline to emergency help and information with in your state. ERN is self-activating and doesn't require any special training or equipment, other than an inexpensive FRS or GMRS radio. When other communication networks go down, or if you need to communicate outside and your cell phone's not working, just tune your FRS or GMRS radio to channel 1 and talk. ERN works a little like a relay, with people passing information down the line. ERN works on the keep-it-simple principle. Join the ERN Listserv in your state, follow the instructions on the page, your state ERN is part of the National SOS Radio Network
There are 14 FRS channels. The first seven are shared with the GMRS band; the second seven are FRS only.
FRS / GMRS FRS Only 1. 462.5625 MHz 8. 467.5625 MHz 2. 462.5875 MHz 9. 467.5875 MHz 3. 462.6125 MHz 10. 467.6125 MHz 4. 462.6375 MHz 11. 467.6375 MHz 5. 462.6625 MHz 12. 467.6625 MHz 6. 462.6875 MHz 13. 467.6875 MHz 7. 462.7125 MHz 14. 467.7125 MHz