“COOKEVILLE — It’s a hobby that is considered “old school” by many, but it is a vital component when it comes to communication during disasters.
“HAM radio were very useful during Katrina and 9/11,” Marty Smith, emergency coordinator with the Putnam County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), said.
The ARES came about during the civil defense days and consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.
Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.”
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