Rockaway Coastal Areas Radio Emergency Systems
CityWide Disaster Services Inc. (CDS), a non-profit emergency two-way radio network, has created an
emergency radio program to specifically meet the needs of the Rockaway - Jamaica Bay community.
Rockaway C.A.R.E.S. features channels dedicated to local healthcare facilities, first responders and
emergency service providers, such as local CERT teams and grass-roots community service organizations,
increasing their ability to coordinate and communicate during emergency situations.
In response to recent situations, it became evident that without a dedicated, interoperable two-way radio
system providing communications between emergency service groups and agencies, evacuation efforts in
the area would remain disjointed. Buses being used for evacuations had difficulty communicating with the
healthcare facilities they were evacuating and agencies found it difficult to utilize resources in everyone's
best interest. This new system will provide interoperability, allowing all participants to communicate with
one another efficiently and creating a better flow of vital information.
"The Rockaway Peninsula in particular has always been a problem child in emergency service planning
circles because of its unique access and exit limitations. If we know anything, it is that when there is an
emergency, a timely, coordinated effort is critical to the safety of people who live and work in Zone
A areas. The 'Rockaway C.A.R.E.S.' network will enhance the communication capabilities in the Rockaway -
Jamaica Bay area; we just hope that local emergency service and health care providers take full
advantage of it." says Director Keith Brooks. Brookls also noted that with the main CDS Emergency Radio
Communications Center located in Brooklyn, just across from the peninsula, a secondary, back-up system
for "Rockaway C.A.R.E.S." already exists.
To learn more, or learn to become a participant, contact us at (718) 763-3000 or email@example.com