HARVEY AFTERMATH: Ham Radio activated for emergency communication

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - After Hurricane Harvey knocked out electricity and cell towers for thousands of people, emergency communication services are in place.

"Sister groups at the coast would be activated right now," John Newman, Ham Radio Operator, said. "Because some of the cities affected from Harvey have lost everything as far as communications."

Ham radio in Tyler is on standby to send more help.

"There are probably some people in this area, would be deployed down, amateur radio operators, to help with communications."

Their priority is opening up communication between first responders, hospitals, and shelters. Which is why they have one of their stations at the Red Cross here in Tyler where they're capable of sending messages all across the world.

"The saying for Ham radio is that when all else fails you have to rely on amateur radio. We're there to help with communication."

This type of service is only activated after a disaster and has been used several times in the past. For more information and if you'd like to become involved, you can visit their website here.

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