Become Part of a Neighborhood Safety Net

Why do we plan for events that we hope will never happen?  To be better prepared if and when they do happen.

BayComm is an all-resident volunteer group that began in Bay Village in 2012. Our members have expanded to Rocky River, Westlake, and Olmsted Falls. Working with CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and local safety forces, we have created a network of communications, utilizing two-way radios. We don't normally think about not having phone service or electricity, for example, but it has happened before - and it will happen again.

We are looking for more volunteers from Rocky River, Fairview Park, and North Olmsted. We cover a radius of about 10 miles from Bay Village. Think about how valuable it would be to connect with others, when traditional forms of communication are down. Our members train to offer communications not only to their families, but also to others who may need assistance during an emergency.

No radio experience is necessary. The only cost involved is buying the recommended radio equipment (about $150). Our members come from all walks of life. We share ideas and experiences at our monthly meetings.

If this concept interests you, please contact Jim Kettren, BayComm Operations Manager, at for more information.

Jim Kettren

Jim Kettren is the founder of BayComm. He is an auxiliary police officer for Bay Village, where he has lived for the past 25 years.

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 2:30 PM, 02.06.2014