|The Comm Room||
Experience dictates that, in a major disaster, communications will fail due to direct effects of the disaster itself such as fire, earthquake, flood, etc. Different government entities often have radios fixed on different frequencies but they cannot talk with each other. At the time of the Loma Prieta earthquake, near San Francisco, it became apparent that many dedicated emergency systems had not been properly
CA State OES began the Bulletins in the early 1950's to assist agencies and radio operators to become more familiar with RACES. They were issued periodically until 1985, at which time they began to be issued weekly over voice and digital radio systems of Amateur Radio and in print. Originally intended for California, increased demand, and a 1988 request by the ARRL for national distribution, led to their eventual worldwide distribution.
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