You're in San Francisco, and an earthquake just occurred. Someone you care about needs help immediately, but nobody within a 1-mile radius can dial out. However, you have a HAM radio and a group of which you are a member (such as your church) has an emergency plan in place, so you check in with a designated person over the radio and explain the situation. Wouldn't it be nice if that person or some person down the chain of communication could then use a radio to communicate with a municipal or county dispatcher to make sure the police department and/or the fire department and/or the ambulance company needs to help the person who you know needs help? Maybe they have this system in place. I guess I should make sure I understand my church's emergency plan. I want to train to be a HAM radio operator.