In the aftermath of many types of disasters, the social infrastructures that we rely on day by day are unable to function. Although, governments may still exist, it is sometimes difficult, or impossible for services to reach those in need.
In the aftermath of a Tsunami, a Hurricane, an earthquake, or even a terrorist incident, the need to be connected to those who are able to help, can mean the difference between life and death. When mobile phone or land line telephone services are unavailable, it is often ham radio operators that step in and relay messages into and out of the incident region.
There are national associations of amateur radio operators all over the world, who are constantly on standby, listening out for emergency situations. When a situation arises, they willing maintain their stations and relay messages until the situation is resolved.
For people who are preparing themselves in case of a difficult situation, or a societal breakdown, gaining your amateur radio license is a big help, and can keep you connected. It will give you the knowledge and skills to be able to help you to protect your family and friends. It will also enable you to be able to relay messages which may be able to help and protect others in need.
For people wanting more information about amateur radio and the emergency networks, follow the links below.
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio in the United States
RAYNET, The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network in the United Kingdom
WIA, The Wireless Institute of Australia in Australia
HFN, the Global ALE High Frequency Network, a global organization.