This coming Saturday is the annual Simulated Emergency Test. Amateur Radio operators who volunteer with Public Service and Emergency Management agencies throughout the United States will be getting on the air, sending an receiving drill messages. This is done in preparation for "If this had been an actual emergency" - re, the verbiage of the National Emergency Broadcasting messages.
Here in Middlesex County, New Jersey, our simulated emergency is another hurricane scenario.
How appropriate. because in the following couple of days,this may become a very real possibility:
Meet Hurricane Matthew. He's a nasty bugger. Today, he's dropping 40 inches (100 cm) of rain (yes, you read that right) on portions of Haiti and Cuba. This hellion may make landfall somewhere over the Carolinas early Sunday morning, if he doesn't turn out to sea.
If he hugs the coast, New Jersey will be in for a lot of rain, coastal flooding and a wicked storm surge sometime Sunday into Monday. Not exactly the way you want to start off your week.
Our barrier islands and low laying coastal towns are already making plans for evacuations and other hurricane preparedness activities. We've been very lucky in New Jersey as we haven't been hit hard since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Let's hope we dodge another bullet with Matthew. If not, and Amateur Radio ops are needed by our towns or counties - we're ready.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!