Hurricane Sandy will go down in the record books as one of the most severe storms of all times.
This storm created massive flooding, power outages, loss of property and many lives were lost. Not only was there rain and wind, but snowfall up to 2 feet in some areas.
With the loss of power, ham operators from The American Legion Amateur Radio Club sprang into action. The club is “a nationwide volunteer unit that can and does aid the local community, state and national emergency officials during civil or natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. The strength of this organization is in the local communities where they live.”
They assisted Homeland Security efforts in communities by developing emergency kits and plans, by remaining informed and assisting schools, workplaces and communities in developing emergency plans and checklists, and by cooperating with local councils of the Citizens Corps, Emergency Management.
The club was established in May 2011 and has quickly grown in membership. This association of military veterans and family who share an interest in and are licensed as amateur radio operators will have plenty to do during an emergency situation.
There is a great need for more ham operators.
Legionnaires who want further information are urged to consult the TALARC website for a brochure “Amateur Radio and The American Legion” at legion.org/hamradio under Club Resources.