Anxious families who want to check on their relatives in the storm-ravaged Panhandle are having a tough time getting in touch with each other. Phone lines and cell phone service are out in some areas.
Amateur Radio Operators are working to connect people with their loved ones..
In a disaster zone only accessible by air, Lee Paulet is reaching Hurricane Michael victims by airwaves and helping first responders communicate, too.
“They have no TV, they have no fire, no police, no EMS, they’re just done,” Paulet says.
Hundreds of miles away in Crystal River– he’s part of a network of “ham radio operators” providing logistical support for emergency crews without communications.
“We had a request for several pallets of gasoline fuel and water.”
Paulet is also connecting families without cell service who are separated by the storm.
He’s devoted countless hours of service already, knowing that it could have been *him* in the storm’s path, instead.
He says, “All that storm had to do was twitch and all that devastation is from here to Tampa Bay,”
And he says he’ll continue around the clock until lines of communication in the Panhandle are back up.
“We will standby in case something comes up.” He adds, “You need it. we’ll help you.”