Is it an Emergency or a Disaster?

An emergency is an urgent need for help that can be handled by the normal emergency response services. A call to 9-1-1 can get these services rolling.

A disaster is when normal emergency response services are overwhelmed. When that happens, Emergency Managers can use our help in providing situation information observed by amateur radio operators in and around the affected area.

The Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club’s EYEWARN net’s primary purpose is to operate when a disaster occurs and provide Visual and Sensory Situation Reports on what you see “out your window”.

Emergency Managers at all levels have many concerns when providing emergency services during a disaster or emergency. One of the more important concerns is having a broad and accurate situational awareness of the event. The EYEWARN network addresses that concern.

For more information about EYEWARN, send an email to