Posted by: stefaniemeyers | January 11, 2008

“We accomplished what we set out to do.”

In the aftermath of Hurricane Louisiana Public Information Coordinator and District Emergency Coordinator David Gore found his hometown of Monroe flooded with evacuees and volunteers.

“We had a shelter operation running for about a month,” to help people locate family members lost in the storm. Hams from all over the nation responded in the time of crisis, some traveling to northern Louisiana and others operating from their homes as far away as Conneticut to help while all other communication systems were down.

Gore’s responsibilities at the time included setting up well-rounded interviews to help convey the importance of ham radio to the media and public, lining up volunteers to work at the shelter, and maintaining contact with the other parishes.

When asked how the Amateur Radio Emergency Services managed to react so quickly in the dire situation, Gore observed, “during an emergency, all rules are barred.”

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