What Is MERT?

MERT is the Marion Emergency Radio Team. How can it help those who are not members? That is a good question.

The MERT Program is part of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations and designed to provide communications support to areas such as Shelters, Healthcare Facilities, Point of Distributions, and more during times of disasters. The members may be assigned to assist with moving valuable communications between agencies and locations about storm information, and other resource needs and requests.

The MERT Program combines many types of radio and communications devices into one program providing numerous sources of information and communication.

The MERT division is responsible for four HAM repeaters in the county, 3 D-Star and one VHF. (Repeaters are listed in another section of this website.) They can use D-Star and D-Rats, Winlink on HF and VHF, and voice. But, how can you use these modes to connect to the EOC? What little information is posted on the www.kg4nxo and MCSO websites is vague and/or non existent.

To register for this program fill out the application on the page listed below and return to the address provided. BECOME AN EM VOLUNTEER

For more information or questions please contact 352-369-8100. MERT members have a website at www.kg4nxo.com

Click here for video on the MCSO Facebook page: WHAT IS MARION EMERGENCEY… – Marion County Sheriff’s Office (facebook.com)

So, after going through all of that information, you still can not answer the question of how as a non-member of MERT can you, or should you, contact MERT to get information into the EOC.