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FEMA support for state Amateur Radio liason

Working for a state emergency management agency and having an amateur radio license, I have noticed little state effort to liaison with the amateur community. Employees and retirees with licenses are welcome to schedule use of the state's EOC amateur radio station but its technical support supervisor, who is their only agency contact, has no interest in radio amateurs except to disparage them at every opportunity. With FEMA support for it, a liaison position could be filled by a licensee to work with amateurs to facilitate their emergency communications role and relationship with state and federal government. Although the agency has other licensed employees, none hold CERT or Citizen Corps related positions that might be identified as a liaison for the amateur community.

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Idea No. 318