There are a few hams on the forum, but this group is not very active.
Ham radio can be an excellent resource in an emergency, and there are many ways to get started. I would highly recommend HamtestOnline.com as a great tool for preparing for the Technician license. Also, you may want to search the web for local ham clubs, wherein you may find some mentors (aka "Elmers") to help you on your quest.
If I can be of assistance, let me know.
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