I have read some old Emcomm threads and I am confused with what the anti-Emcomm crowd’s MO is. So some questions: I don’t think most people realize there are a number of civilian auxiliaries deployed in emergencies—e.g. CERT, State Defense Force, CAP, Coast Guard Auxillary, etc. I can never figure out if the anti-Emcomm crowd is against all civilian auxillaries working in an emergencies? Or just Hams? Or even Amatuer Radio being part of these auxillaries? It’s important to know, Amateur Radio is part of the Comm plan of CERT and CGA (and with that being said FEMA in general) among other things in the Comm portfolio. An EOC will usually balance that portfolio as seen fit. It seems some are even against the idea of even spending a small amount of left over FEMA grant money on Amateur equipment. Even after most part 90 systems has been hardened. Notice I NEVER said spending Amatuer equipment INSTEAD of Part 90. Am I correct in thinking that? With that being said, FEMA seems to put a lot of value in AR EMCOMM. (See Craig Fugate’s comments). I have to wonder if Amateur Radio has no business in disasters (or that’s the received among some on here), why does FEMA put a lot of value on it? Not criticizing anyone. I am not a part of ARES right now. It just doesn’t make sense to me.