TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM ARRL DISTRICT 3 EMERGENCY COORDINATOR
WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INC.
WOOD COUNTY ARES BULLETIN NR 18.10 DATE: March 11, 2018
SUBJECT: INFRASTRUCTURE IS NOT THE ONLY THING
What is infrastructure? Infrastructure is just about anything that is man-made that can be used to move something from one place to another. Examples are: pipelines to transport gas, water, or sewage, telephone lines and radio systems to provide communications, power lines for electricity, airports for air transportation, and the highways, bridges, and railroad systems to allow vehicles to get from one location to another.
Having the infrastructure is not the only thing that's important. It's also important to have the people that can use the systems when they are there, and work around them when they are not there. It's also important to have the people who can repair the infrastructure when it broken or disrupted.
For emergency communications it's important to learn how the communication infrastructure is built and maintained, and how to provide the needed communications when they are damaged, overloaded or nonexistent. The only way to do that is to practice learning and using all forms, and modes of communications, and being ready to work around any problems when the communications infrastructure is not available.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV