Brian Lindblom, our Martinez CERT Director, noted:
During the most recent wildfires in California the only reliable means of communication was still via mobile amateur radio. You can take the technician class and get your entry level license to get on the air. We have our own local amateur radio club (Martinez Amateur Radio Club) that meets monthly at city hall. They would be happy to help you get set up and talking on the radio but you need to get licensed first.
The Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) is offering ham radio classes for a very affordable $10 plus the cost of the manual ($20 on Kindle, $30 + shipping for printed) and $15 exam fee. The starter level is called a Technician license. MDARC teaches an informative eight class series starting on January 10 and running to February 28.
You can do this! Get your FCC license, then join us on a weekly practice net.