18. Monitoring non-amateur bands

Listening to emergencies unfolding elsewhere can be very instructive for an ARES member.  You can learn what communications techniques work well by monitoring radio traffic from jurisdictions that handle disasters every year.  An example pulled from today’s news might be tuning in Colorado Springs, Colorado, during one of their frequent wildfires.

The live scanner feeds from the Radio Reference website are in the process of migrating to http://www.broadcastify.com/ .  The site currently claims 3,500 such feeds.  Any internet device with sound capability can be used to follow these transmissions.

If you enjoy the tornado chases on the Weather Channel and other cable stations, take a peek at www.whiotv.com/livestormtrackers/ .  Dozens of chasers stream video, and often audio, as they race along Interstate highways trying to spot severe weather.  Some chase hurricanes as well!

If computers aren’t your thing, listening to emergencies unfold via AM radio can be riveting as well.  A good quality AM radio, a list of clear channel stations and a little practice can bring the incident right into your listening post.