Thursday, May 14, 2009
Source: Anchorage Police Department
Updated: 05/12/2009 11:51:41 AM AKDT
When a city looses its electronic infrastructure through natural disaster or cyber attack, the 911 services, cell phones, land-line phones, DSL internet and private networks, fire and burglar alarm systems, hospital computer systems, and credit card systems can all cease to operate.
Morgan Hill, California experienced this in the wee hours of March 9, 2009. Cyber attackers entered 4 manholes and cut cables completely paralyzing the electronic infrastructure for miles around.
Only one system didn't go down, the ham radio network. Amateur radio personnel sprung into action to assist in the Morgan Hill incident.
Fortunately local hams are ready to do the same here in Anchorage. Thirty-two APD officers and dispatchers have received training from the Anchorage Amateur Radio Club (AARC). Using a grant obtained by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), all have been licensed as ham operators.
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