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Ham radio operators to train for next disaster – The Augusta Chronicle

Amateur radio operators across Georgia will meet Saturday at the state’s public safety training center to learn how to best maintain critical emergency communications during a disaster.

The Georgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service’s annual meeting will be at the Georgia Public Service Training Center in Forsyth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ham radio operators will update their training based on lessons learned from recent disasters.

“Hurricane Irma tested our ability to respond to a major disaster, and we are using what we learned to better prepare our operators should we be called on again,” said David Benoist, Georgia section manager for the Amateur Radio Relay League.

Disasters such as hurricanes Irma and Maria can take out critical communications infrastructure. Ham operators have the ability to still communicate without telephones or Internet, and ARES operators train specifically to assist emergency management agencies with necessary communications should other means not be available.

“Amateur radio is so important to emergency management as the resource can provide various means of

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