As mother nature reminded us last year with the windstorm on December 20th we all need to be prepared for emergencies. While the festive season is top of mind we also need to ensure our families are ready to deal with natural disasters. For first responders, when you are called upon to safeguard the communities you serve, the CREST network and our team are here to support you. Although the system is designed to handle high traffic loads, even a public safety grade system can be challenged. With multiples of people wanting radio access it is important to exercise good radio protocol by ensuring your communications are concise and as short as possible, therefore allowing the next person fast access to the system.