Ham Radio at its Finest in Joplin Mo Disaster.
I would like to give a big notice of appreciation to all the Ham Operators who at their own expense went to Joplin and took time away from Jobs and Family to help the poor folks of Joplin Mo. The pictures on TV do not even come close to showing the impact this disaster had on the citizens of Joplin. The lives, animals, homes, personnel belongings,and hope this disaster took from them may never be replaced. And they did appreciate all the help offered by these fine men and women. But the Operators of S.A.T.E.R.N. AND A.R.E.S. AND C.E.R.T. showed great compassion and care for those less fortunate. And I saw many holding folks and praying for them and offering hope in a hopeless situation to them. And they deserve credit along with thousands of volunteers who are coming to help the people of this city. It is those who offer help in person and thru donations and time that are the backbone of this great nation and I believe real Americans. They ask nothing for thier time, or payback for their loss of income from thier own businesses or time away from thier own family. But freely and with great desire to help those in need and go where many cannot go. We owe them alot for this great effort. And it is not just Joplin but all over the USA that Amatuer Radio is making its mark as a important part of recovery of disasters and communications. Thanks to all the fine Ham Operators who do this type of work all over the USA and the World. Some of the true unsung heroes of disaster recovery in this country of ours. May GOD Bless America and its Troops and its People !!!
Brian J. Umbenhower k0old Nixa Mo.
I agree the TV can not do justice to the disaster and it already has fallen from the cycle of the news it seems.
The destruction is so huge and the job ahead so vast I am afraid Joplin will never be the same.
I got back Last Night and I can not get over it really.
Please give anything you can to the relief efforts whether time or money,they truly need all the help they can get.
The 3rd pic is a van from the hospital I saw almost a mile away from the Hospital.....uphill!