Community Engagement Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Maxine Alleyne Esprit said Ham Radio Training will be offered to communities across Dominica.
In an interview with Dominica Vibes, Mrs. Esprit said the Ham Radio training will assist people with communication after a disaster.
Amateur radio, also known as Ham Radio, describes the use of radio the frequency spectrum for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation, radio sport, contesting, and emergency communication.
“What we will do is identify communities in Dominica, where there is need for Ham Radio Training,” Mrs. Esprit noted.
“What we saw after Hurricane Maria when all the traditional phone lines were down, Ham Radios were an essential way of communicating with the emergency services such as the police, firemen, hospital and the outside world.”
Mrs. Esprit said the training will help to improve the capacity across Dominica and the outside world, to be able to communicate in the event of a disaster.
The Ham Radio Training will be done in collaboration with the Office of Disaster Management and the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc.