REPOST from Oct. 28th, 2011
What is the Radio Amateur’s responsibility for Personal Emergency Communication Preparedness?
Yeah, let’s get that answered and out of the way.
In absolutes their responsibility is “none” – zero, nada, zilch – none.
Personal Emergency Communications Preparedness, even for those of us who are ARRL members, is not a requirement.
[ Wipe Brow and Sigh here ]
That out of the way, it would be an extraordinary Radio Amateur who didn’t have some level of interest in Personal Emergency Communication Preparedness.
That interest could range from simply being glad there are ARES/RACES Groups, to having a grid-independent multi-mode station with portable personal go-packs.
What you do is completely up to your interests, resources, whims and desires.
Some years ago the Freecomm idea of active Personal Emergency Communication Preparedness without the formal structures & obligations was floated.
As a response to the increasing professionalization of existing Emcomm organizations the Freecomm idea is to share techniques, operating principles and ideas, without an imposed hierarchy and operating procedure.
Freecomm is most able to use innovative techniques and adaptive structure to accomplish Amateur Radio’s emergency communication desires, where Emcomm is about meeting the served agencies’ requirements in the ways & methods they dictate.
It could be argued that Freecomm is Emergency Communications for the True Patriots in our society.
Very curious what readers think of the distinction – am I making too much of the Freecomm/Emcomm difference, or is it as important as I’m seeing?