[mvarbb] ARRL Receives Grant to Help Support "Ham Aid"
Fred Stone W8LLY
w8lly at arrl.net
Thu Sep 8 01:40:12 EDT 2005
From: Misek David W Civ AFRL/SNZW <David.Misek at wpafb.af.mil>
To: Fred Stone W8LLY <w8lly at arrl.net>
Subject: EMCOMM Grant
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 19:32:28 -0400
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Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 09:36:46 -0400
Subject: [aclist] Volunteer Ham Radio Operators to Receive Grant to Enhance
Emergency Communications in Hurricane Region
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: SANDY SCOTT
September 2, 2005
202-606-6724, <mailto:sscott at cns.gov>sscott at cns.gov
Volunteer Ham Radio Operators to Receive Grant
To Enhance Emergency Communications in Hurricane Region
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Corporation for National and Community Service today
announced a supplemental grant of $100,000 to the American Radio Relay
League (ARRL) to support volunteer emergency communication operators who
are helping out in Gulf Coast states affected by Hurricane Katrina.
"With the breakdown of regular communication channels caused by the storm,
the services provided by volunteer ham radio operators is vitally
important, both to organizations and to individuals seeking to connect with
loved ones," said David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation. "We're pleased to
be able to provide this extra assistance at this critical time."
The grant will support ARRL's "Ham Aid" program, which was established with
a grant from the Corporation in 2002 to increase emergency certification
training for ham radio operators. Corporation funds may also be used to
help rebuild the emergency communications capabilities in Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Alabama.
Since the storm hit, amateur radio operators with ARRL have been working
side by side with volunteers from the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and
other relief organizations to help coordinate those groups' emergency
communications activities. In the run-up to the Katrina's hitting the U.S.
mainland, volunteer amateur radio operators also worked with the National
Hurricane Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to
monitor the storm and to help prepare the Gulf Coast for its arrival.
Approximately 500 ham operators currently are deployed in the Gulf area,
and hundreds more are expected to arrive in teams over the next several
weeks. Many currently are awaiting permission to enter the disaster areas
to set up communications systems to transmit and receive messages both for
relief organizations and for individuals wishing to get messages out to
concerned families. While in the region, the radio operators will also be
developing new relationships with local community groups, including
faith-based organizations, food banks, and shelters.
The Ham Aid program was developed by ARRL, based in Newington, Conn., under
a 2002 training grant from the Corporation. The three-year grant was one of
18 Special Volunteer Program Homeland Security Grants awarded by the agency
in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks to engage volunteers in
public safety, public health, and disaster preparedness and response
activities. Thus far, the grant has enabled ARRL to provide certification
in emergency communications protocols to more than 5,400 volunteer amateur
The Corporation for National and Community Service provides opportunities
for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and
country through three programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and
Serve America. Together with USA Freedom Corps, the Corporation is working
to foster a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in America.
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