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Jan 18

Volunteer Emergency Communications Planning

We are thrilled that John Seitz, one of this country’s foremost military and community emergency communications experts is helping Jurupa Citizen Corps put a volunteer emergency communications network in place.  John was our guest speaker at our July 20th monthly meeting and has offered to conduct amateur radio license training for the newest HAM radio owners in our group as well as anyone else in the communities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley who would like to be a part of our emergency communications network.  We also are planning to offer GMRS radio license training to allow those of you who own “walkie-talkie” radios purchased from a warehouse store who would like to be able to legally use those GMRS channels to communicate. John is one of a handful of examiner instructors serving our state under the authority of the Federal Communications Commission.

Among John notable communications accomplishments were the fact that he managed US Army communications for General Schwartzkopf when he commanded all Coalition Forces during Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf.  John was in charge of communications for the Department of Defense and the White House for the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, and was, again, in direct communications with the president during our most recent Chino Hills 5.4 quake.  He has also worked in emergency communications for the city of Buena Park for many years, so he has a thorough understanding of emergency communications needs and limitations from an international to the local level.

We are both thrilled and grateful that John is willing to work with us.  If you or a friend or loved one would like to be a part of our volunteer emergency communications network team, please send an email to info@jurupacitizencorps.org and/or join us for our monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of every month at 7pm.