GMRS Emergency Network – Oakland (GENOAK)
Visit the OCP&R GENOAK Web site for more information
In the event of a large-scale emergency such as a major wildfire or earthquake, individuals and neighborhood groups in and around Oakland may need to depend, for some period of time, not only on their own community, but also on information and assistance from other nearby neighborhoods. However, cellular, internet and landline phone communications may be overloaded or disrupted during and after a disaster. Two-way radio service though, such as the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), can enable effective communications between neighborhood groups when other means are unavailable.
When a disaster does occur, a GMRS radio network can allow neighborhood groups to connect with each other to provide status updates, report incidents, share resources, mobilize volunteers and coordinate needed assistance, among other tasks. Individuals and neighborhood groups will also be able to communicate for some time period during power outages (Public Safety Power Shutoffs) and at other times that phone and internet services are unavailable.
GENOAK (GMRS Emergency Network – Oakland) is the GMRS radio network service created by OCP&R that is now in place to serve all Oakland communities before, during and after a disaster. An Oakland-based GMRS repeater is being utilized to greatly increase the ability of neighborhood groups using GMRS radios to connect with each other. Access to this repeater is being provided to the Oakland Firesafe Council and OCP&R for emergency neighborhood-to-neighborhood radio communications by the NCGUG/Northern California GMRS Users Group.
Thanking Berkeley’s BeCERTAINN GMRS radio program and its founders for their guidance and support.