Explore the Device
As soon as you have a two-way radio in your hand, it’s important to take note of all the different buttons, what they do, and how they function. Some of a two-way radio’s functions only require you to press a single button, which can be helpful during an emergency where you need to be quiet, such as an active shooter scenario.
Because each two-way radio is different, the device’s manual will be your greatest resource. Consult either the physical booklet or the online manual and take simple notes on the most important parts to share with employees.
Know Which Applications You Have Installed
Advanced two-way radios, such as Motorola MOTOTRBO radios, make use of an array of useful applications for both average workdays and emergency scenarios. Much like how your personal cellphone may have apps, these two-way radios can access different features depending on the software you install. In an emergency, some helpful two-way radio applications are:
- Personnel Safety (Man Down and Lone Worker)
- Command and Control
- Location (GPS)
- Text Messaging
- WAVE™ Push-To-Talk
First responders and employees alike can utilize Man Down applications to instantly signify danger anywhere in the workplace. WAVE™ Push-To-Talk connects your MOTOTRBO two-way radios to any other communication device on its network, making it ideal for mobile staff.
Speak Clearly and Concisely
During emergencies that you don’t need to remain quiet for, the most important tip to remember when it comes to how to effectively use a two-way radio in an emergency is to stay calm. You need your whole team and any emergency responders to be able to understand you, which means you need to speak clearly and with precision. Use as few words as possible to get your point across and avoid lengthy sentences while on the radio. Keep your cool during an emergency and lead your team through it with confidence.
Preparing for emergency situations by training staff on your two-way radio's capabilities can help ensure situations are responded to quickly. ERS Wireless is happy to help you find the perfect two-way radio for your workplace and provide you with the resources you need to use them effectively.