I’ve been trying to find a roll within my town’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) for the past 2+ years. During that time, the past state EMA director Theresa Murray was encouraging the local EMAs to integrate ham radio into their emergency planning, response, and recovery. The reality is that things tend to move slowly in that arena. Unfortunately in the past couple of years, New England has been hit with a string of natural disasters (Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, Blizzard Nemo, etc.). Having not used a generator for 20 years, suddenly I’ve been using it every 6 months. Waiting for the town EMA just doesn’t sound prudent. Therefore I’ve become engaged with the American Red Cross, joining a Disaster Action Team and becoming part of the Disaster Services Technology and Disaster Assessment groups.
The Red Cross, much like FEMA, has a huge library of training opportunities available. As my training situation changes, I’ll post here: