NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – People are on standby in the event surrounding counties have a complete communication failure.
Ham radio operators are ready to hit the airwaves if Sandy hits our area hard.
If the power is knocked out by the hurricane, routers won't work and there won't be wireless internet for cell phones to power off of so that's why it is important to have ham radios.
"When communication lines are severed we are the people who come in and assist the county and governments in communications," said ham radio operator Bill Morine.
Morine is a section manager for ham radios in the Wilmington area.
Amateur radio, which is often called "ham radio," has consistently been known as one of the most reliable means of communications in emergencies when other systems fail or were overloaded.