The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked the ARRL for assistance with
relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can
help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the
ARC Safe and Well system. In the nearly 75-year relationship between
ARRL and ARC, this is the first time such a request for assistance on
this scale has been made. ARRL now is looking for radio amateurs who can
step up and volunteer to help our friends in Puerto Rico.
• There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for
• Due to the nature of this deployment you will need to process in as
ARC volunteers. This includes passing a background check. The ARC has
indicated that it will cover all expenses for transportation, lodging,
and feeding while on deployment. ARC will also provide liability
coverage for volunteers. The only out-of-pocket expense to the volunteer
would be personal items purchased during deployment.
• ARRL and ARC will require training for volunteers being deployed.
ARC will provide general deployment training and advanced training in
working in austere environments. ARRL will provide to ARC training on
Amateur Radio equipment and modes to be used, reporting guidelines, and
• Deployment will be for up to 3 weeks.
• General class Amateur Radio license or higher
• Familiarity with WinLink, HF voice, and VHF simplex communications
• Strong technical skills
• Ability to work under difficult conditions
• Ability to deploy for up to 3 weeks
• Ability to work as part of a team
• Spanish language skills
• Previous experience in disaster response
• Previous or current work as a Red Cross volunteer
• Previous experience with shelter operations
If you feel that you meet these qualifications and would like to be
considered for this deployment, please contact ARRL Emergency
Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U (860-594-0222), who will make the introduction of qualified volunteers to ARC.