Imperial County radio amateurs conduct hurricane simulation

"Hurricane in the Desert"

IMPERIAL, Calif - The Imperial County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service and the  office of Emergency Services  put together a large-scale emergency exercise.  The Valley is almost entirely below sea level, making it susceptible to extreme rainfall events.

The Exercise called "Hurricane Lupe" used a scenario where the dry, rural county was overcome with 18 inches of rain in a short time frame.

Participants had figure out how they would deal with communication links that might be overwhelmed in such a scenario.

Seven stations manned by seventeen  operators provided voice cues with potentially life-saving resources. Volunteers from San Diego County provided additional communications to local fire departments. 

The Imperial Valley Amateur Radio Group is a local volunteer organization that encourages Amateur Radio operators to use their knowledge and resources to serve the community, and prepare for potential disasters.

For more information, or if you're interested in joining, call J Rollins at (760) 483-3175

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