Accessed on 28 August 2018, 0310 UTC, Post #17531.
The Kohala-Hamakua Radio Club
The Big Island Amateur Radio Club
Now that Hurricane Lane has left the state thoroughly drenched and flooded and Tropical Storm Miriam is spinning toward Hawaii, it may be a good time to reevaluate hurricane preparedness and emergency communications.
Fortunately for Hawaii Island, an expert on these topics will be speaking to local residents on Tuesday, 28 August 2018, and on Wednesday, 29 August 2018.
Hawaii Island radio amateurs (ham radio operators) invite you to discuss hurricane preparedness with Oscar Resto (KP4RF), the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Section Manager for Puerto Rico. Mr. Resto and his fellow amateur radio operators were able to restore emergency communications after Hurricane Maria devastated the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in September 2017.
Mr. Resto will discuss the impact Hurricane Maria had on Puerto Rico’s population which lost water and electricity services and lost most commercial and governmental communications networks. The hurricane affected the living conditions of 3.2 million U.S. citizens and taught first responders and government officials learn just how vulnerable we are to natural disasters. Hurricane Lane could have done the same thing to Hawaii. As it now stands, Hawaii Island is still cleaning up after heavy rains, floods, landslides, and loss of electric power.
According to Mr. Resto, amateur radio operators learned how to use their knowledge of radio technology and resources efficiently to re-establish critical infrastructures and restore lost communications. Mr. Resto’s presentations will be followed by a Question and Answer session which will give our communities an opportunity to learn how to better prepare for these types of natural events.
Here’s Mr. Resto’s speaking schedule:
Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (HST) at the LDS Church in Orchidland. Please RSVP to Pascal (email@example.com).
Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 6:30 p.m., at the North Hawaii Community Hospital conference room in Waimea. Please RSVP to Norm (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please try to attend one of these meetings. Information presented by Oscar Resto could save your life. We “dodged the proverbial bullet” this time. Next time, we may not be so lucky.
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Until next time,