Friday, April 22, 2011

Common Sense Disaster Communications Planning - The Alabama Example!

Every once in awhile we have the opportunity of seeing humankind at it's best.  We need to remember that there are still those out there who serve others without acclaim or personal gain.  Today, I would to share our comments on a good example of what can be accomplished when people work together.

One of the things learned during Katrina, and other natural disasters is that our communications infrastructure, in particular cellular networks, can and will fail from a variety of causes.  Clearly, a hardened emergency communications network is required in times of emergency.

On their own,  The Alabama Hospital Association, the Alabama State Department of Public Health and Alabama representatives of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) obtained a grant to provide a simple and inexpensive solution by using the capabilities of amateur radio communications equipment and volunteer HAM radio operators.

This program supplements an existing 2-way radio network known as the H.E.A.R. system.  We are privileged to be involved as suppliers and installers of both systems, and just thought it would be appropriate to extend our thanks and appreciation to those who tirelessly work in the background for our safety.  Thanks guys and gals!  You ARE appreciated!

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