Do you depend upon your mobile phone for use during an emergency? Maybe you should ask some Hurricane Katrina survivors whether that is wise. Just like victims of other emergencies and disasters have discovered, Amateur “Ham" Radio is much more than bearded old men, sitting in their basements, talking or tapping out Morse code to other bearded, old men in their basements. Even in this era of cell phones and the Internet, it is still often the only reliable communications in emergencies. Learn more about using ham radio for emergency communications, or about amateur radio in general.
It’s not just civilians that have to be aware of this. The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council released a report in April of 2013 explaining why public safety can’t rely upon mobile phones, either.