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