Hams Radio Operators Support American Red Cross in Kentucky Flood Response
As floodwaters began to recede following devastating rains in Kentucky that began on July 26, the American Red Cross reported that more than 400 of its rescue workers were on the ground, along with dozens others in other places. They provided shelter, meals and other forms of support. Red Cross teams also worked alongside their state and municipal partners, including volunteers from the Kentucky Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®).
ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, was in contact with American Red Cross personnel in the affected area. He said amateur radio volunteers support Red Cross damage assessment teams with radio communications. “The rural and mountainous terrain of the affected area adds to the already difficult situation,” Johnston said.
Much of the local response effort is coordinated by Steve Morgan, W4NHO, of Owensboro, Kentucky. The response from radio amateurs throughout the region is under and in cooperation with an existing Memorandum of Understanding with the Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross.
ARES® groups from Ohio and Virginia have also been in contact with hams in affected areas and have remained on standby, ready to respond if needed.