Via the ARRL: ARES on Alert for Hurricane Dorian’s Possible Arrival

With Hurricane Dorian essentially stalled over the northern Bahamas wreaking havoc, the waiting game for the dangerous Category 4 storm continues in the US Southeast. Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) teams in the ARRL South Florida Section are reported fully activated, and more than 20 evacuation shelters have been opened. Northern Florida is at a Level 3 status — monitoring the situation, and West Central Florida (WCF) has opened shelters opened in several counties and is at a Level 2 alert.

ARES organizations in all three ARRL Florida Sections convened via conference call today to continue coordination of preparedness activities for Amateur Radio emergency communication. Another conference call is scheduled for tomorrow morning following the 1100 EDT advisory to assess the situation at that point. An online Florida ARES Operator Application is available. Applicants should be Florida residents and meet all qualifications stated on the application.

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