Emergency VS. Disaster
The word "Emergency" has become common place these days. "Emergency" to me always seems to take me back to my younger days when I would watch the TV show with the same name, and John Gage and Roy De Soto where toned out to help someone who was in need. Man I loved that show.
Back to reality here, I think sometimes we can get a little lost in the differences between an "emergency" and a "disaster". I believe we should consider ourselves Disaster Communicators.
Now there are times when hams can assist in emergencies. But emergencies happen every day. Our first responders, fire fighters, paramedics and all public service folks are well equipped and highly trained individuals. And in most cases can handle any type of an emergency.
But its during a "disaster" that we can use this hobby we enjoy by giving something back to our community. You see, I believe its our duty to take a least a little bit of our time to help our communities. It is the best way for non-hams to get the benefit of the access that we have to all of these great frequencies that are at our disposal.
The best way I can describe the difference between an emergency and a disaster is, if the fire department comes quickly to put out your house fire, you have an emergency. But if the fire department doesn't come to put out your house fire because the whole city is in flames from an earthquake, war, alien invasion, or a rampaging Godzilla, you have a disaster.
Now yes I know that example was a bit extreme but I only use it to remind you that when we are called upon to assist public service entities, it very well couldl be calamitous.
So take a little time during September and work on your preparedness and readiness to assist in this great hobby we have. And remember you never know when it may be you serving, just like Rescue 51 used to.
I hope everyone has a great week.