Amateur Radio has long played an important role in emergency situations and events.
From the ARRL –
Amateur Radio operators set up and operate organized communication networks locally for governmental and emergency officials, as well as non-commercial communication for private citizens affected by the disaster. Amateur Radio operators are most likely to be active after disasters that damage regular lines of communications due to power outages and destruction of telephone, cellular and other infrastructure-dependent systems.
Many radio amateurs are active as communications volunteers with local public safety organizations. In addition, in some disasters, radio frequencies are not coordinated among relief officials and Amateur Radio operators step in to coordinate communication when radio towers and other elements in the communications infrastructure are damaged.
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) – USA
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) – USA
Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network (WICEN) – Australia
RAYNET – UK
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