Operators of amateur radios, also known as ham radios, play a vital role in the gathering of information during hurricanes like Irma.
“We take for granted our communications,” said Etta LoPresti, emergency management coordinator for Indian River County.
“But when you have something catastrophic like they do in the Keys and in the west coast of Florida, where you’re not going to have communication, these amateur radio operators take care of things for us.”
In Indian River County, Paul Bartoszewicz and Willie Thompson work 14-hour shifts during Hurricane Irma. They’re part of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) — a group of licensed radio operators who help with communication during storms.
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