New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service

Quotes by Public Officials on Amateur Radio in Emergency Operations

"Our city's vast and complex communications system, is indebted to the many trained amateur radio volunteers, who are efficient and dependable and lend a much needed hand in times of crisis or disaster. They are an invaluable part of our city's communication network..."

The Hon. Rudolph Giuliani
Mayor of New York City (1994-2001)

"I have been frankly fascinated with that unpaid group of people with those ham radios, the Auxiliary Communications Service" [ACS]. [The ACS makes available] "a wireless system that seldom if ever can be totally disrupted by a disaster...ham radio operators are the heart and the soul and the life blood of that system."

The Hon. Mayor Willie Brown
Mayor of San Francisco (1996-2004)

"When Everything Else Fails. Amateur Radio often times is our last line of defense...When you need amateur radio, you really need them."

The Hon. W. Craig Fugate
Administrator, US Department of Homeland Security, FEMA

[Amatur Radio] "plays a vital public safety communications service...[with]...tremendous potential...when all other forms of radio communication fail, especially during emergencies."

The Hon. Greg Walden
Member, U.S. Congress