Communication is critical during a disaster, and most often it’s limited. Amateur Radio operators, also known as ham operators, are many times the only source for getting critical information from a disaster back into the headquarters. Red Cross has many great volunteer partners who have been working tirelessly to keep the communication open from multiple shelter locations, providing details about the needs of the affected community.
Disaster response and the coordination of services are possible because of partnerships like this. Volunteers, like Steve and Bill, who donate their time, equipment, and skills are working tirelessly to keep lines of communication open around the clock.
Photo: Steve Cole – Volunteer Amateur Radio operator from St. Louis & Suburban radio club (SLSRC) and Bill Meunier – ARES
Photographer: K.N. Holderby, Red Cross Public Affairs Volunteer