Vice President Mike Pence visited radio amateurs and emergency responders at the Puerto Rico Emergency Operations Center (PREOC) in San Juan’s Convention Center on the evening of October 6.
“He gave a very motivating speech, and our very own Gary Sessums, KC5QCN, shook his hand,” volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, reported. Pence visited Puerto Rico on Friday, promising government help in the recovery and offering a sympathetic ear to hurricane victims, media reports said.
ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, arrived at the EOC on Friday. “We gave him the grand tour,” Hotzfeld said.
She reported that the Puerto Rico volunteers had 16 Amateur Radio stations up and operational on Friday, servicing 14 hospitals and towns. “The American Red Cross used five of our radio operators — N3CKF, KI7CTF, K1MJM, W5RKB, and KC4FOX — to provide communication on Red Cross reunification teams,” she said in an October 6 update. The Amateur Radio operators on the island passed a substantial volume of health-and-welfare traffic, she added. Amateur Radio has continued to provide a link for the medical community on Puerto Rico.