Emergency Responders Train Alongside Radio Operators

Meridian, Mississippi Local emergency responders gathered Saturday for a special training exercise in order to prepare for a potential disaster.

Amateur Radio operators assisted in the drill since they are often vital during rescue missions when other forms of communication are down. This was a major problem for responders back in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the area. That's why it's important for everyone to gather for training every so often.

"But now, you know, we use these Amateur Radio folks on a regular basis too," LEMA Director David Sharp points out. "When we've got bad weather and stuff, you know we've got responders who are out in the field that are on our radio system. But, you've got a large network of amateur radio folks out there. So, we have somebody at the EOC on the amateur radios there that are talking to that network of people, bringing information into us."

Sharp says that only creates a wider range of resources during an emergency situation.

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