Now that the storm is over and the area of impact has started cleaning up and repairing their lives Madison Ares has time to assess what we were able to do to assist during the storm and immediate aftermath.
This is our preliminary status with more information being compile.
Due to the extensive damage and lack of any support system Madison Ares decided that support from our base stations would be valuable. We considered that our use of HF and VHF connections could extend into the impacted area. We would provide support for the Amateurs that setting up at the few available locations.
Hurricane Michael has been upgraded by the National Weather Service to a Cat 5 on Landfall after an assessment of the damage making it the only Cat 5 to hit the Florida Panhandle.
News 4 JAX (Jacksonville, FL) 10/17/2018 | Local amateur radio operators needed to help communication after Michael
Florida Times-Union newspaper (Jacksonville, FL) 10/14/2018 | Nassau County amateur radio operators aid communications following Hurricane Michael
Gainesville Sun daily newspaper (Gainesville, FL) 10/13/2018 | Local ham radio operators helping with post-hurricane communications
WKRN News 2 (Nashville, TN) 10/12/2018 | Ham radio operators connect emergency teams and families stranded by Hurricane Michael
Good Morning America-ABC News 10/11/2018 | Historic Hurricane Devastates Gulf Coast (at 6-minute mark, look for ARES operator and ARES logo on his truck)
WFLA NewsChannel 8 (Citrus County FL) 10/11/2018 | Amateur radio operators provide hurricane aid through the airwaves
WTSP-TV News 10 (Tampa, FL) 10/11/2018 | Hurricane Michael downs countless trees in Marianna, Florida