Lake County Amateur Radio Operators to take part in Tornado Drill

Lake County radio amateurs will take part in a statewide tornado drill sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday January 27, 2010.

At their regular monthly meeting on Thursday evening the Lake County Amateur Radio Emergency Service was tasked by their Director, Al Richter to take part in the upcoming tornado drill as part of their ongoing disaster training. These local ham operators will turn on their home radio stations to a local emergency radio network in conjunction with other radio amateurs across the state of Florida.

The members of the Lake County Amateur Radio Emergency Service are ham operators from Lake County amateur radio clubs such as the Lake County Amateur Radio Association and the Royal Harbor Amateur Radio Club.

Ham operators volunteer their time , communication skills and their personal radio stations during natural disasters to support first responders when the big winds blow, the power goes out and phone service goes down. Many of these same ham operators were deployed to do this kind of work after the Ground Hog Tornado that hit Lake County in February of 2007.

More in formation about the Lake County ARES can be found on the following web site. www.n4fla.org .

 

John T Luebbers

Lake County ARES -PIO