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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.

Submitted by Community Member 2 years ago

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  1. Sounds like your "technical support supervisor" needs to be educated or replaced.

    Only a fool would not realize the importance of Amateur Radio in disaster management. Once again, it appears that complex modern technology is trusted over tried and true. While the new toys are nice (when they work), it is always a wise move to have a "plan B" in your pocket for when the defecation hits the rotary oscillator.

    2 years ago
    1. Disagreement with FEMA support for state Amateur Radio liason is founded upon the suggestion for another liason position to manage

      outside resources and/or to manage AHJ resources internally.I agree

      creativeorge conventional practice includes utilization of Amateur Radio (FEMA Guidance for Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service CPG 1-15 MARCH 1991).

      2 years ago