Amateur Radio volunteers deployed as American Red Cross volunteers to Puerto Rico, as part of the “Force of 50” last weekend, have been focusing their efforts where their help is most needed.
“The American Red Cross gave us priority directive to move six of our operators to various highly impacted sites on the island,” volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, said in an October 3 update.
“As requested, we are able to allocate any spare Amateur Radio operators to the nine urgent hospital locations,” she continued. Both reallocations will happen today (October 4). According to the October 3 update, not enough ARC-affiliated operators are available to cover all nine locations, and the team is encouraging local radio amateurs to cover the gap.
The Puerto Rico volunteers and local hams alike have successfully passed “lots of traffic” to net control, which has been forwarded on to the right agencies. Some examples included getting an oxygen tank to a nursing home resident and insulin to a diabetic youth.