The Kirkland Emergency Communications Team (KECT) was established in 1995. KECT Members hold FCC amateur radio licenses.
KECT provides the City of Kirkland with volunteer-supported communications during disasters or for local events such as parades. KECT is activated by City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) staff when emergency communications support is required.
KECT runs short tests of its network on most Sunday evenings, and in addition conducts regular exercises. KECT Members are assigned to various locations within the City. KECT Members may also be called on to support non-emergency city activities such as parades and other events.
KECT is a volunteer group that supports the City of Kirkland and may be further activated under provisions of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 118-04 – Emergency Worker Program – concerning Communications Emergency Workers.
People interested in joining KECT are invited to attend a meeting to meet other members and learn more about the group.
KECT meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please contact KECT leadership to attend a meeting.
After attending a meeting, KECT members must register as City volunteers, pass a background check, and register as Emergency Workers through OEM.
Membership is open to individuals in the greater Kirkland area that have an FCC Amateur Radio License at the Technician level or higher.
To get started or learn more contact OEM at KirklandEM@kirklandwa.gov or (425) 587-3691.