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Washoe County's Emergency Response Team Trains For Disaster

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Wednesday, Washoe County's Emergency Response Team trained for a disaster. They simulated a rail disaster in Gerlach. In an emergency where communications can be cut off, it's important to know what to do. Today we got a glimpse of what happens when cell towers and telephones go down and amateur radio operators have to step in.

"These volunteers help local government stay in contact with people like FEMA and federal authorities and they are throughout the community. We have about 3,000 volunteers throughout the state of Nevada who have hand radio licenses and are qualified to talk on our frequencies," said Aaron Kenneston, Washoe County emergency manager.

Kenneston said amateur radio operators are critical in supplying communications during real life disasters. They did just that during the Waterfall and Washoe Drive Fires. Kenneston said as technology gets better, they hope communication failure becomes less frequent, but you always have to have a backup plan.

You can find information about making an emergency preparedness plan by going to their website at www.ready.gov/prepare

They always need more amateur radio operators.

Written by Chris Ciarlo
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