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Amateur radio operators to participate in hurricane preparedness event Saturday

June 7, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

On June 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club and the Lee County ARES/ALERT will participate in the hurricane preparedness events at the Lowe's stores located at 8040 Dani Drive and at 14960 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers. The events are open to the public.

The Amateur Radio Operators will demonstrate and provide information about how amateur radio benefits the community when other forms of communication fail during disasters such as Hurricanes.

Since Hurricane season officially started on June 1, the Amateur Radio Operators in Lee County are proud to promote hurricane preparedness and to help spread the word to the community so that they are better prepared in the event of a disaster. Each year, the group witnesses the devastating impacts that hurricanes can cause. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes and flooding potentially cause loss of life and catastrophic damage to property.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service here in Lee County consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with the Lee County ARES/ALERT for communications duty when disaster strikes. Members deploy when requested to assist before, during and after a Hurricane at the Emergency Operations Center, shelters, hospitals and fire stations, as needed.

The group is affiliated with and sponsored by the Amer-ican Radio Relay League, which is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources. Lee County is in the ARRL Southern Section which consists of 14 counties in Southern Florida with many dedicated volunteer operators prepared to help with communication efforts when disaster strikes.

More information about the event, the FMARC and the ARES/ALERT can be found at, or by email to John Wells W4CMH, the Public Information Officer for the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club and Southern Florida Section at



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