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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB032 (2003)

ARLB032 Amateurs continue tornado relief-recovery support

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ARRL Bulletin 32  ARLB032
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  May 7, 2003
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB032 Amateurs continue tornado relief-recovery support

Amateurs in Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee continue relief and
recovery support in the wake of a severe outbreak of deadly
tornadoes May 4 that also hit other parts of the South. The death
toll stands at 40, and many more were injured. Many thousands of
people in the stricken areas remain without power or telephone

ARRL Kansas Section Manager Ron Cowan, KB0DTI, reported that
Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties sustained severe damage, with
houses destroyed and utilities out in the path of the twister. The
tornado that touched down in Leavenworth County, Kansas, remained on
the ground for 90 minutes, plowing through Leavenworth and Wyandotte
counties in Kansas and Platte and Clay counties in Missouri before
lifting northeast of Kansas City.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency
Service and SKYWARN groups we active across the affected area, and
hams are assisting the Salvation Army and American Red Cross. The
National Weather Service credited ham radio operators with dozens of
storm related reports over the weekend.

Missouri ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator Don Moore, KM0R, said
amateur operators were continuing damage assessment duties and
assisting Salvation Army canteens. Several tornado-stricken counties
have been proclaimed federal disaster areas.