More than 20 Mendocino County amateur radio operators – also known as amateur radio operators – participated in Exercise Great ShakeOut on Thursday, October 15.
This is a global event simulating real conditions if there was a large earthquake and / or tsunami. If such an event were to occur, it is possible, if not probable, that the electricity, telephone, cell phone and Internet will be disrupted. Amateur radio is a communication system that operates independently of conventional infrastructure.
In 2017, during the October fires in Mendocino County, much of communications for the central part of the county – including communications with police and firefighters – were cut off for several days. In this case, local radio amateurs provided essential communications.
For the exercise launched on October 15, volunteers observed and reported the condition of bridges and rivers for damage from the earthquake and possible tsunami. Reports were collected from across the county, both on the coast and inland, and forwarded to a station serving as the Mendocino County emergency operations center.
The event was hosted by the Mendocino County Auxiliary Communications Service. Mike Carter, MACS Coordinator, said: “We are delighted with the efforts and the results of the exercise. We can count on these volunteers to help us in a real emergency.
MACS is a completely voluntary organization made up of amateur radio operators licensed by the FCC to serve the community in an emergency. Donations to support these activities are gratefully accepted. Donations can be made at the Mendocino County Emergency Services Office.