The Amateur Radio Relay League is almost 100 years old and has a history of making itself and its ham radio members available for emergency work.
All of which leads to its 2010 Simulated Emergency Test. Each year the ARRL and affiliated groups ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) and National Traffic System (NTS) conduct a nationwide test of members, their equipment and their ability to communicate with each other and with national and local authorities and emergency responders.
This year's test is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 2–3. It follows activities involved with National Preparedness Month, held each year in September.
“To help make the best of this training opportunity, contact your local ARRL Emergency Coordinator or Net Manager to find out the details,” the organization states on its website. “Although Oct. 2–3 is the focal point weekend, some ARRL Sections and ARES teams and nets may conduct their exercises anytime -- especially during the months of September through December.”
The league turns 100 years old in 2014.