Get A Glimpse into Ham Radio Public Service Communications

Whenever there’s a hurricane, monster snow storm, forest fire, earthquake or some other natural disaster, you’ll find ham radio operators pitching in to provide communications for various public service organizations and agencies.

If you’ve considered becoming a ham radio operator to help provide communications in the wake of a disaster, you’ll want to hear this week’s DestinySurvival Radio–a special edition pulled from the archives. It’s the account of one man’s experience in the aftermath of the Joplin, Missouri, tornado in the spring of 2011.

In August of 2013 I interviewed amateur radio operator Joe Casler about his role in public service communications after that notorious Joplin tornado. Sadly, on January 21st, 2016, Joe passed away rather suddenly while undergoing treatment for cancer.

I’m sharing my 2013 conversation with Joe as a tribute to him. But it will also give you a glimpse into what’s involved with public service communications in the wake of a disaster.

Hear my conversation with Joe Casler by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for January 28, 2016. (Right click to download.) Be sure to view my original blog post about our 2013 chat here because it features pictures and important resource links.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.