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The ability to communicate with command and operational personnel is critical.

  • Have multiple communication sources (radio, smart phones, ham radios, and computers).
  • Utilize smart phone applications, PDFs, and browser features such as:
    • Weather and radar
    • Emergency alerts
    • Hazardous materials
    • River flows
    • Maps and navigation
    • Google Earth
    • Skype
    • Voice recorder
    • Camera and video
    • Notepad
    • GPS
    • Contact lists
    • E-mail/phone
    • Flashlight
  • Remember to:
    • Charge the phone battery often, and conserve battery life by turning off unneeded features that are running in the background.
    • Save PDFs on your phone. Internet access is not always available.
    • Protect your phone from the elements and impact with rugged cases and waterproof containers (cases, pouches, boxes).
  • For the ICS tasks, use ICS Form 205 – Incident Radio Communication Plan.
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