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Brent thanks for the reply. How does your EM and Chief of the Department view Amateur Radio? We in Hampton Roads saw what good Amateur Radio could do when the City of Franklin was flooded when the Blackwater River topped its banks after Hurricane Floyd. I worked a lot packet radio during the Franklin flood. However, I was stationed at Ft Rucker AL when Hurricane Ivan blasted into the panhandle of Florida and just ripped apart Dothan AL and the surrounding communities not to mention have happened to Panama City FL.
There is one county in the panhandle of Florida where every Sheriff's Deputy is also a ham radio operator. As I understand from a deputy, it's now a requirement because the county just doesn't have the funds to upgrade the public safety radio system and the ham radio repeater has never gone down. The repeater is used only for amateur radio use during shifts but is a valuable resource during hurricanes and other emergencies, when all else fails.