Friday, April 26, 2013

FEMA Administrator Plans Field Day Operation

From left. ARRL General Counsel Chis Imlay, W3KD;
ARRL CEO Dave Sumner, K1ZZ; ARRL Emergncy
Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U; ARRL
President Kay Craigie, N3KN; FEMA Administrator
Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and FEMA Chief Technology
Officer Ted Okada. (FEMA photo)

Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told ARRL officials at a March meeting that he was looking forward to operating during Field Day this month and to have an opportunity to "test my own field gear." He did not indicate whether he would be operating on his own or with a group. According to the ARRL Letter, Fugate met with ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN; Chief Executive Officer Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, and Emergency Preparedness Officer Mike Corey, KI1U, to discuss amateur radio's role in public service and disaster communications. Fugate has long been an outspoken advocate of amateur radio as a communications resource "when all else fails."