It is only during a disaster that people appreciate many of the things they normally take for granted. For instance, normal communication becomes difficult because, either the networks are over-burdened or have been completely destroyed due to the severity of the disaster.
Many folks who have heard about the wonderful service ham radio operators provide during disasters don’t have the slightest idea how the whole system works. If they had to guess, there would be no mention of the structure and complex organization that goes into preparing for a disaster and managing the communication aspect of disasters by ham radio operators.
Amateur radio, popularly referred to as ham radio, is a wireless radio service operated by people who, to the outside world, are obsessed with tinkering with all types of wireless communication equipment.