With our government perceiving enough threat to our great nation to pass “laws” like the NSPD-51 (National Security Presidential Directive 51)/ HSPD-20,(Homeland Security Presidential Directive) providing for centralized extraordinary control in emergency and new legislation including H.R. 645 (calls for the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish no fewer than six national emergency centers for corralling civilians on military installations), Emcomm and its non-government form “Freecom” may be more important than ever.
It sure sounds like our Government expects to have their hands full with core emergency needs, which will flood any operating Emcomm services.
Freecom, the Laize Faire Amateur Radio use of Net Structure to handle non-Emcomm emergency traffic, would be one way to meet the societal needs for on-going communications during an emergency.
Nets would be able to provide support information not core to the emergency, but important to preventing the emergency from being expanded or prolonged.
Bulletins would be able to spread useful information over a larger Amateur Community while keeping Emcomm nets clear for offical government traffic.
One’s survival may well depend on this non-official information source.