by: Michael Yoshida, Action News Jax
Many amateur radio operators are stepping in to help emergency workers during Tropical Storm Hermine.The radio operators are volunteers who provide a variety of services, including emergency communications for state and federal agencies when storms hit.With Tropical Storm Hermine making its way toward Florida, dozens of amateur radio operators are standing by.
“We certainly hope that we’re never needed, but we’re ready to go,” said Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Training Officer Joe Bassett.
He said they are getting ready to answer the call if land lines, cell phones or the internet fail.
“Amateur radio, because it relies on air waves and doesn’t rely on infrastructure at all, can always step in when all else fails,” Bassett said.
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