List of Emergencies Hams Helped In
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List of Major National and International Disasters in Which Radio Amateur Provided Emergency Communications  

Amateur radio operators are helping their communities every week in local emergencies which never make national or international news.  Additionally hams are helping provide communications during parades, marathons, rallies.....  Keep in mind, the list below only has major events. 


October - Southern California Wildfires. 


Hurricane Rita.

Hurricane Katrina.

Tsunami - Indonesia, India.   


Series of four hurricanes in Florida 


August - Northeast Blackout. 

May - Series of Midwest Tornadoes.

February - Space Shuttle Columbia recovery.  


June - Colorado wildfires. 

April - Maryland tornado.  

March - Kentucky flooding.  


September - "9/11" Terrorist attacks; World Trade Center in New York City, New York, and Pentagon in Washington D.C.  

June - Texas and Louisianan flooding after Tropical Storm Allison.  

January - Gujarat, India, Great Quake.  

January - El Salvador earthquake.  


December - Southwest U.S. Ice Storms.

December - Alabama Tornado.

March - Alaska Avalanche.

May - Los Alamintos, New Mexico Firestorms. 


September - Hurricane Floyd.  


October - Texas Flooding.

September - Hurricane Georges. 

February - Florida Tornadoes.


April - Grand Forks, North Dakota to East Grand Fork, Minnesota 500 Year Flood.   

January - Western U.S. Floods.  


April - Okalahoma City Bombing.   


March.  Mt. St. Helens volcano explodes in Washington.   Jerry Martin, W6TQF, and Reid Blackburn, KA7AMF were manning scientific observations posts for the Washington Radio Amateur Emergency Service died when an eruption from 10 miles away buried them in boiling ash.

Please click on the page honoring these two fine hams. 

Earlier History

First report instance of hams doing emergency communications was in April 1921 when amateur radio operators at the University of Michigan and Ohio State University passed emergency traffic during severe regional windstorm and flooding.  For a review see Gil McElroy, VE3PKD's 2007 article in Sept., QST article "QRR: The Beginnings of Amateur Radio Emergency Communications, pages 48-50.