TARA teaches safety preparedness at Imagination Station

Children are spending the weekend learning how they can respond quickly in an emergency situation.

Posted: Jun. 25, 2018 9:18 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- Children are spending the weekend learning how they can respond quickly in an emergency situation.

The Tippecanoe Amateur Radio Association, or TARA, is taking time to teach children the science behind amateur radio.

Instead of relying on a cellphone or the internet during an emergency like a hurricane, the radio towers can communicate to help.

It can be set up within minutes and can be reached during an outage if phone lines are down.

There are more than 725 thousand licensed radio operators in the United States.

President Earle Nay said during these disasters, relying on a cell phone may not work.

"The power might fail at the cell towers and everyone else is calling everyone, trying to find out if they're okay," said Nay. "The cell phones get jammed up, that's what's happened down at Katrina or other emergencies."

Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator regardless of their age.

TARA will be at Imagination Station until Sunday afternoon.

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