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2020 Hurricanes

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This page,, includes information and news summarizing the preparations and response by Amateur Radio (ham radio) volunteers who are supporting emergency communications in areas that may be (or have been) impacted by 2020 hurricanes. Ham radio operators provide a critial communications capability used for relaying life-saving information and to assist with reunification activities. Additionally, radio amateurs throughout affected regions often provide firsthand accounts of storm impact and ongoing recovery needs. 

Media/Press Inquires
For press inquiries, please ask reporters to contact ARRL directly at 860-594-0328, or via email at A system has been established at ARRL Headquarters to respond to media inquiries in a timely and accurate manner.


National Hurricane Center

Tropical Tidbits (current forecast models)

active Red Cross Shelters

Red Cross Safe and Well

Facebook Safety Check

Hurricane Watch Net

VOIP Hurricane Net

Amateur Radio at the National Hurricane Center

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency - Plan ahead for disasters

Hurricane Central - The Weather Channel

ARRL NEWS ( for the latest news)

International Broadcast Station Interference Overwhelms Hurricane WatchNet

ARRL November 18, 2020

Clear Frequencies Requested for Carribbean Hurricane Emergency Traffic

ARRL November 16, 2020

Hurricane WatchNet to Activate for Hurrican Iota

ARRL November 15, 2020

Eta isn't Done Yet: Florida ARES Group Asked to Staff Shelters

ARRL November 11, 2020

Category 4 Hurricane Eta Prompts Activation

ARRL November 3, 2020 

Hurricane Watch Net Goes Back On Duty As Another Storm Heads for the Gulf Coast

ARRL October 27, 2020

WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center Will Activate, Other Resources on Alert

ARRL October 26, 2020

Hurricane Delta Prompts Activations of Hurricane Watch Net, WX4NHC, SATERN
ARRL October 7, 2020

Hurricane Watch Net to Activate as Paulette Bears Down on Bermuda
ARRL September 13, 2020

Hurricane Watch Net Logs More than 29 Hours of Continuous Operation for Laura
ARRL August 28, 2020 

Amateur Radio Volunteers Ready as Deadly Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall
ARRL August 27, 2020 

FCC Grants Temporary Waiver to Permit PACTOR 4 for Emergency Communications
ARRL August 27, 2020

Amateur Radio Volunteers Prepare to Greet Dangerous Hurricane Laura
ARRL August 26, 2020

Hurricane Watch Net Firms Up Wednesday Activation Plans
ARRL August 25, 2020

Hurricane Watch Net Announces Tentative Mid-Week Activation for Laura
ARRL August 25, 2020

As Marco Weakens, Attention Turns to Laura, Which May Become a Category 2 Hurricane
ARRL August 24, 2020

Hurricane Watch Net to Activate as Louisiana Braces for Marco and Laura

ARRL August 23, 2020

Hurricane Watch Net Reactivates as Hurricane Warning Posted for the Carolinas
ARRL August 3, 2020

Hurricane Watch Net Activating as Hurricane Isaias Approaches US East Coast

ARRL July 31, 2020

Hurricane Watchnet Activates for Hurricane Hanna

ARRL July 25, 2020

National Hurricane Center's WX4NHC Annual Station Test is Successful
ARRL June 30, 2020

Hurricane Exercise Carried Out in Southeastern US
ARRL May 27, 2020


Cable Failures Endanger Renowned Puerto Rico Radio Telescope

AP News (International), November 15, 2020

Hurricane Delta Watch Net

Hurricane Watch Net, October 8, 2020

Track Sally's path in the Hurricane Center

MSN, September 16, 2020

Hurricane Sally makes landfall

USA Today, September 16, 2020

Hurricane Sally live updates: storm dumps two feet of rain

New York Times, September 16, 2020

Hurricane Sally heads towards US Gulf Coast

CNN, September 15, 2020

Hurricane Sally's slow pace could bring dangerous rainfall to Gulf Coast, Southwest region as tropics busy with 6 more systems

Orlando Sentinel (Florida), September 15, 2020

Hurricane Sally Soaks Gulf Coast Ahead of Landfall

Spectrum News 1 (North Carolina), September 15, 2020

What should we do better in the next storm?
The Gazette (Iowa), August 31, 2020

Hurricane Laura bypasses region
Herald-Banner, Greenville, Texas, August 28, 2020

Massive fire breaks out at Louisiana chemical plant after Hurricane Laura
Acknowledges report from a radio amateur to the National Weather Service
Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas, August 27, 2020

East Texas emergency management officials prepare vital radio equipment ahead of tropical weather
KLTV; East Texas (Rusk County), August 24, 2020

El Rol de los Radioaficionados Durante Emergencias ("The Role of Radio Amateurs in Emergencies")
Telemundo Puerto Rico; NBC Universal Inc. June 1, 2020


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