Everyone who knows me knows that I am an advocate for both Amateur Radio and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. Personally, I believe CERT members should have at least a Technicians Class Radio Licenses and Hams should have CERT Training.
During the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake, Amateur Radio operations came together and created a communications network by volunteering their own time and equipment when all other forms of communications failed. I assume the Hams in this video are part of an Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) team or Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) Teams.
I hear people say this can’t happen now, but it can. The 911 systems fail, phone networks fail or become congested, and internet access may become unavailable or unreliable during disasters.