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HAM RADIO FOR LIFESAVING INFORMATION

Ham Radio for Lifesaving Information The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan brought the recognition that the only communications technology that can survive a storm of this magnitude is the simple ham radio. That understanding led Neelley (through her work at United Methodist Communications) to the creation of a human network of ham radio operators through the Philippines United Methodist clergy, who can warn each other before storms, and debrief after a storm. Emergency gear is used to build a lifeline in areas which are hit so they can report on the status of lives and property. Beyond the storm, ham radio serves as a community builder – bringing religious communities together with secular ham operators.