National Communication Systems

National Communication Systems

The Communications Unit tests HF radio links weekly with FEMA National Radio System (FNARS) and Shared Resources (SHARES).


National Communications System

The SHARES HF radio system is an initiative by the National Communications System (NCS) to establish a national HF radio capability using existing Federal resources to provide backup HF radio communications in support of National Security and Emergency Preparedness. SHARES was approved by the Executive Office of the President in January 1989. SHARES further implements Executive Order No. 12472, “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Telecommunications Functions” dated April 3, 1984.


State Government and Military Interoperatiblity

The Department of Emergency and Military Affairs has participated with SHARES in several missions, for example, September 11th, attacks in New York City, Hurricane Andrew in Florida and more recently Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the gulf coast.


Emergency Management participates in weekly region IX radio nets. Emergency Management also is involved in federal exercises that occur throughout the year. The SHARES network allows the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to inter operate with Federal radio stations.