Radio amateurs in CT prepare to help with Irma relief efforts

As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, radio amateurs in Connecticut are gearing up to assist with relief efforts as once the powerful storm makes landfall in the United States.

Channel 3 visited the National Office for Amateur Radio in Newington and got a closer look at how people are assisting with communication down south.

When natural disasters strike, the ability to communicate can become much* more difficult.

“Cellular networks can be disrupted, public safety networks can be disrupted,” Mike Corey, who is the emergency preparedness manager at the American Radio Relay League, said. “And of course, the number of volunteer organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army that respond to these, also need communication support.”


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