From CREST Vic

CREST Victoria is setting up an emergency radio monitoring service for folk in regional Victoria Australia, to assist communities to request help via radio when traditional telephone systems fail during natural disasters

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With the increasing bushfire risk at the rural/urban interface, and the prevalence of adverse weather conditions throughout Australia, CREST Victoria volunteers are seeking your support to expand our emergency monitoring and two-way radio broadcast service.

CREST Victoria is an emergency communications volunteer group dedicated to aiding people requiring assistance from one or more emergency services.  Our team relays emergency communications across the emergency channels of the Citizens Band Radio.  Our work involves responding to radio calls from anyone in need of assistance and forwarding the details to the appropriate authorities.  Our base of operations is primarily performed throughout parts of regional Victoria with affiliated branches in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

As part of our emergency monitoring duties, our team re-broadcast time-critical advice from Emergency Management Victoria.  These messages are forwarded via various Citizen Band radio channels which are commonly used by isolated farms and homesteads, road transport vehicles, 4-wheel-drive club members, caravan travellers, and other people accessing the radio network.

With your help, CREST Victoria wishes to expand to the point where service coverage can extend to much of Victoria and beyond, by linking numerous remote sites through an expanding network of emergency repeater stations.  This will benefit many residents and travellers in times of serious emergencies, when fires, floods, and strong winds often compromise fixed and mobile telecommunications infrastructure.

Can you help us bridge the communications gap for people who find themselves isolated from the essential services when fire and other disasters strike? 

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