Hams Make Good Impression on Tribal Emergency Management Leaders
Some 400 Native American emergency managers were introduced to amateur radio at the National Tribal Emergency Management Conference, held in August in Washington State. The largest gathering of its kind to date, the program included demonstrations of HF and Mesh Network amateur communications, as well as several ham radio-related presentations. According to The ARRL Letter, many of the tribal emergency management leaders who attended the conference expressed interest "in building an amateur radio component into their emergency/disaster preparedness plans." The report encouraged ARES/RACES groups to "welcome tribal communities … and to ensure interoperability with the tribal EOC as part of their operation plan(s)."