Communications Sector

Purpose of the Communications Sector

The purpose of the Communications function is to ensure rapid deployment of specially trained Amateur Radio operators during/subsequent to a disaster or critical incident in which a large portion of the population is affected.

Goal of the Communications Function

The goal of the Communications function is to provide effective, reliable communications; supporting SMART team operations, as well as emergency responders during an acute period following a disaster or critical incident. The role of the trained members of the Communications function is to assist the team by drawing upon their own training in performing such vital communications. This covers, but is not limited to:

  • Voice communications
  • Digital (secure) communications
  • Written message traffic
  • Adjunct to public safety communications
For More Information, contact

Edward A. Gutowski, W2GUT Sector Leader at 716-570-2351 or via e-mail at

SMART Sectors


Phone: (716) 858-7690
Fax: (716) 858-8701

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
95 Franklin Street, 9th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202