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Emergency Preparedness

A bill (S. 191) introduced by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) that would examine how amateur radio operators could aid first responders in an emergency has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Senate has not announced whether it will consider the bill. Under S. 191, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would study how amateur radio operators provided information and aid to first responders during disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the relief effort after 9-11, and the response to the Oklahoma City bombing. If the report finds that such efforts were successful, DHS will determine how these operators could be organized to enhance their role in disaster response.

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