Advisory: Requests for Information from the public and the press

Big Island ARRL News, 28 September 2017, 0250 UTC, Post #323.


Personal e-mail from Steve Ewald (WV1X), Supervisor, Field Organization Team.

Accessed on 28 September 2017, 0250 UTC.


As the damage done by Hurricane Maria unfolds in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean area, many radio amateurs are being contacted by the public and the news media for updates on relief efforts.  According to Steve Ewald (WV1X), there is an established protocol you should use when relaying media requests. Here is the full advisory statement from Steve:

Ewald, Steve, WV1X <>

11:10 AM (5 hours ago)
 to me

Hello, ARRL Field Organization member.

Here is an advisory regarding requests for information from the public and the press.    Thank you for your attention and help.



Steve Ewald, WV1X

Supervisor, Field Organization Team


ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®




Advisory: Requests for Information from the Public and the Press


Many individuals have loved ones in Puerto Rico and they are understandably hopeful that Amateur Radio operators can relay messages to them. As a result, some are contacting amateurs with requests to pass message traffic to the island.

At the same time, individual amateurs and clubs have reported that local press representatives have contacted them to request information about Amateur Radio involvement in Puerto Rico. This is likely to increase as word spreads in the national media about our activities.


For inquiries from the public, ARRL advises that these individuals should be informed that amateurs traveling to the island to support the American Red Cross effort will be tasked with handling outbound traffic only. With that in mind, members of the public should access the American Red Cross Safe and Well System online at Status information from friends and relatives in Puerto Rico will be entered into the system as it arrives from amateurs stationed there.


For press inquiries, please ask reporters to contact ARRL directly at  A system has been established at ARRL Headquarters to respond to press inquiries in a timely and accurate manner.

Please follow this protocol when you deal with the media.

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Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM0

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section