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Why radio?  Radio has proven to be the most efficient and reliable method of communicating in emergency situations.  Generally overlooked and taken for granted by many, communications is an important part of everyday life but vital in time of emergency.  Obtaining assistance when immediate personal safety or property are at risk or when crucial resources such as food, water and housing are threatened - communications is the foundation of all that follows in any emergency. 
Radio is often the "last one standing" when related to communication systems due to it being a reliable and independent means of communicating simply because it can be made to be self-sustaining,  small scale with minimal infrastructure, not relying on billions of dollars worth of infrastructure such as with cellular phone sites and is relatively easy to maintain and service in the event equipment failures. 
The Rhode Island RIPEG radio network is a PEG based professional, multi-zone, multi-band civil radio system supporting UCESA and it's programs.   UCESA is the primary RIPEG user utilized to coordinate all emergency and routine services while providing communications for all official 
business related to UCESA.  


The Rhode Island civil community utilizes RIPEG under the Civil Incident Advisory Network or CIAN program for general safety, information and to obtain assistance and assist others
 within the user community. This greatly increases the resources of each user within the community during times of need and offers much better situational awareness for incidents across the coverage area. The RIPEG radio network is the first universal wide area radio system available to public services organizations and community members offering communications and safety for the protection of life and property.   
The RIPEG  civil emergency radio network provides an independent, self maintained communications alternative to mainstream (cell phone, landline phone, Internet based communication) methods.  Each radio site is hardened for reliability, not requiring any outside communication services such as Internet, cellular and in some cases not even power to operate making the RIPEG radio network one of the most reliable sources of communications for the civil community.  Exactly what is needed in any emergency or crisis.  In addition to the programs that utilize the RIPEG radio network it's also able to provide the same communication capabilities to other authorized civil organizations such as CERT and REACT teams, neighborhood watch groups, The American Red Cross, Salvation Army and similar organizations.  

The RIPEG system offers the national InterGroup radio channel.  A nationally licensed channel available and included with all PEG licensees to offer communication between all PEG licensed groups nationwide. Facts about RIPEG. 
  • RIPEG does not require an individual radio license per user
  • RIPEG requires users to complete a radio protocol training program 
  • RIPEG requires the use of a FCC certified radios only (available through UCESA) 
  • RIPEG connects several user groups together providing a rich source of information and status updates for local road closures, power outages and restore times emergencies and other higher priority incidents
  • RIPEG offers an alternate form of power at each infrastructure station to ensure uninterrupted communications during power failures, storms and similar incidents


The RIPEG radio systems use a new civil radio service called "PEG" or Preparatory Emergency Groups. Developed out of necessity by our chief director, this new national radio service is the first professional level radio system designed specifically for the civil community.  These communities include, but not limited to emergency preparedness groups, civil safety, public service organizations, general safety and government sponsored neighborhood crime watch groups, among many other uses.   Please contact UCESA to learn more about our state-wide communication systems.