I live in the Danville,IL/ Vermilion County area which sustained a severe storm on Tuesday July 13th. About 3:30 p.m. Central time the storm hit with heavy rains high winds and several funnel clouds. Power was knocked out to most of the county, and many trees and buildings were damaged, as well as vehicles and homes. Thankfully, no injuries or fatalaties have as yet been reported, but parts of the county are still without power today. Several people who have well water are not able to access it because of the outage. Many local amateurs were out in the storm just on the way home from work or going on errands when it hit. We passed more damage reports than I could count and some emergency calls as well. Here is the irony, we do not have any organized ARES groups here, just amateurs who worked together in the moment to help out in the emergency. I am very proud of the local amateur community for this, and that is an understatement. We may not get much credit for our part, but I know each amateur must have gotton the true reward, the sense of satisfaction for being able to help a little. Just think if we actually were organized, what we may have been able to do! Unfortunately in this area we are not seen as the greatest asset by our emergency services. Perhaps little by little we will be better received. My question is how can a hobby ever die which performs so much in the pinch for our communities? Yet we are perceived by numerous people as obsolete.