Big Island ARRL News, 26 September 2017, 0455 UTC, Post #321.
E-mail from ARRL President Rick Roderick (K6UR).
Accessed on 26 September 2017, 0455 UTC.
ARRL President Rick Roderick (K5UR) has appealed to all radio amateurs to help support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Roderick lists several ways you can help support first responders in the heavily damaged commonwealth.
Here’s the full text of Roderick’s message:
|Monday, September 25, 2017
There are few times when I have needed to reach out directly to you for your help. This is one of those times.
The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC, this is the first time ARC has made a request for assistance on this scale. Hurricane Maria has devastated the island’s communications infrastructure. Without electricity and telephone, and with most of the cell sites out of service, millions of people are cut off from communicating. Shelters are unable to reach local emergency services and people cannot check on the welfare of their loved ones. The situation is dire.
How can you help?
1) Volunteer. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this deployment; for instance, familiarity with Winlink, an Amateur Radio license of General class or higher, and previous experience in disaster response.Deployment will be for up to 3 weeks (at ARC expense). If you would like to be considered for deployment, please complete the following online ARRL form, which asks for your qualifications and skills: Volunteer Deployment Form
It has been four weeks since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas. In little over a month, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have left paths of destruction and catastrophic flooding that will impact the lives of people throughout the southeast U.S. and Caribbean for years to come. Throughout these disasters, our trained ham radio volunteers, and especially those in coordinating roles, have helped us meet the requests of our partner agencies and organizations. To all ham radio operators who have been on alert, activated, deployed, or donated, THANK YOU. We are grateful for your service and for your generosity.
Rick Roderick, K5UR
Personal note: Please help where you can. The ARRL has provided a few links in this message where you can find more information.
Aloha es 73 de
Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)
Public Information Coordinator
Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section