New antenna ensures communication during disaster
A small addition at Lake Hood could be a lifesaver when disaster when disaster strikes.
The Civil Air Patrol recently installed a new high-frequency antenna at its Lake Hood Facility. It only needs electricity to work. If the power goes out, CAP members hook up a generator and they can communicate with others around the state and in the Lower 48.
"If and when the big earthquake comes and the cellphones don't work and the phone lines are not going to work, this will work,” said CAP Alaska Chief of Staff Kevin McClure. “You know how you always have a safety kit at your home? This is a safety kit for communications so we're ready to go when we're called."
CAP is working to install similar antennas in Fairbanks, Fort Yukon and Tok. Members practice so they're ready to respond when needed.