It is no surprise to anyone that when a big storm—like Harvey—hits, the power goes out.
Many people, on the other hand, are surprised that the internet, house phone, and cell phone service goes out.
They all rely on electricity, and even though there are backup batteries, etc., they have a finite life—a very finite life—and that’s if the cell towers don’t get blown down.
If your cell phone worked and you were sitting on your roof, would you call 911? Of course, so how would everyone in a similar situation react?
So, how do the shelters communicate? Who tells the Red Cross who to list on their “alive and well” list?
Amateur (ham) radio.
So next time you see a ham radio antenna in your neighborhood, think of it as your lifeline in case of an emergency.