When the other systems fail, amateur (ham) radio is successful for Emergency Communications. Amateur (ham) radio equipment does not rely on wires and communications facilities provided by common carriers and phone companies. When the common carriers are overloaded or they fail completely, ham radio is not affected.
USC has a team of volunteers throughout several campuses who are amateur radio operators and are members of the university Amateur Radio Team. The team meets on a regular basis to test equipment and actively participates in emergency drills. For information about joining the team, please contact Steve Goldfarb at firstname.lastname@example.org