In the News: KERO-TV News in Bakersfield, CA “Ham Radio operators can help save lives in times of crisis”
After this news disaster, it’s nice to see a well-formed profile of ham radio on the news. Bakersfield California ABC affiliate KERO presents a 2 1/2 minute segment on ham radio and the support they provide during emergencies (click link for video):
Not only is it a hobby for people, but it could also save lives in times of crisis and danger.
Over the years many emergency communication centers throughout the country have relied on Ham operators. When all other forms of communication go down, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service can still communicate.
They have been called to action during events like Hurricane Katrina and the Boston Marathon bombing.
Amateur radio operators were on scene and helped coordinate evacuations and assisted with emergency communications.
The Kern County Emergency Operations Center received a Homeland Security grant to purchase equipment and are currently constructing a permanent spot at the center for the group to operate during a crisis.
Nice job, Kern County hams!