FEMA Director Craig Fugate, KK4INZ to Emergency Managers: “What’s your backup?”

FEMA Director Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, debunks the argument that Amateur Radio is no longer relevant in our hyper-connected smartphone, tablet, satellite phone, networked radio system world:

“If you really want to short-circuit your local or state emergency manager who says that Amateur Radio isn’t really viable anymore… ask them this,” said Fugate. “Can you communicate across your jurisdiction or across your state without touching the public switched network?”

Matt Thomas, W1MST, is the managing editor of AmateurRadio.com. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “FEMA Director Craig Fugate, KK4INZ to Emergency Managers: “What’s your backup?””

  • Bob Diehl N1CTM:

    Let us remember that it was amateur radio that was in first with phone patching for free just after Katrina left. There is also all of the space junk that can take out a commsat , then what?

  • ka7zfd:

    We watched this clip last night as apart of our bi-monthly “In Person” net of the Cottonwood Heights Amateur Radio Club (yeh yeh – we know, the CHARC’s 😉 ). Excellent! Very well received!
    Our City supports us very well, and we have been of proven service to them and sit on the Emergency Planning Committee as full partners in a
    Great relationship!

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