The Delaware State Police have announced that they are teaming up with the Sussex County Amateur Radio Emergency Service to ensure reliable back-up communications for the State Police should their primary communications system fail.
“Delaware must always be aware of the threats of hurricanes, nor’easters, severe snow, and other disasters..." said Major Robert Hawkins, DSP Sussex County Operations Officer.. "Thankfully, we don’t get hit often, but when we do, communications is absolutely essential and having amateur radio operators available to fill in gaps will be a real asset".
When back-up communications are needed, the Delaware State Police will designate locations for ARES stations to set-up. ARES members will then maintain and pass traffic within this network.
The initial program will be limited to Sussex County, but may be expanded to include Delaware's other two counties of Kent and New Castle. Sussex County covers approximately one half of the state.
ARES is a branch of the American Radio Relay Leagues Field Organization. Bill Duveneck KB3KYH is ARES Emergency Coordinator for Sussex County.
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