Role statement - Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network

About Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network

Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network (WICEN) consists of a number of state or territory volunteer emergency communications service organisations whose members are primarily licensed amateur radio operators. Members are accredited to assist in emergency situations and can provide emergency and safety communications for other agencies when conventional communications networks fail or are inadequate. 

Emergency radio networks can be assembled quickly, taking advantage of both amateur radio frequencies and services and licenced non-amateur frequency allocations. Each WICEN entity operates independently under appropriate local, state, or other disaster plans.

Mitigation

Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Participate and support local government in organising and conducting exercises identifying different communication strategies

1.2, 1.6

Response (including Relief)

Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Provide appropriately trained radio operators to support agencies upon request

3.2

Provide limited capability communications or supplementary facilities for and between response and/or recovery agencies, specifically provision of alternate systems when existing systems are not functional or do not exist 

3.3, 3.4

Provide limited capability communications between response, relief or recovery agencies and the community where conventional communications facilities are not available or not functional

3.5

Work with other agencies to provide alternate, limited capability for emergency radio communications networks where required 

3.2, 3.5

Recovery

For recovery activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.

Assurance and Learning

For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.