Donation of Radio Equipment to Support Salvation Army Disaster Services

April 27, 2016
Bill Schinkal |

Cincinnati, OH (April 27, 2016) – The Salvation Army today announced that it received a donation of amateur “ham” radio equipment used in support of communications during emergencies and disaster scenarios. Mr. Quentin Nelson of Cincinnati donated the equipment to ensure its continued use, after volunteering for more than 40 years as part of the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN). The SATERN communications system is an important component of The Salvation Army’s ability to provide support and services during times of disaster on a worldwide basis.

“The impact of this donation will continue to reach those facing crisis and disaster worldwide,” explained Major Robert Klenk, The Salvation Army’s Coordinator of Disaster Services in Greater Cincinnati. “Through Quent’s gift, The Salvation Army’s Amateur Radio Network will continue to meet human needs in times of crisis.” In his service on the SATERN team, for many years Mr. Nelson coordinated the “Health and Welfare” network during disasters, connecting family removed from the disaster with those deeply impacted. His work in meeting the needs of others has taken him throughout the Americas and the world, being recognized with the prestigious “Others” award, among The Salvation Army’s highest honors, for his work with the Mexico City earthquake in 1985.

“What a wonderful gesture of kindness at the end of a truly dedicated career of service,” stated Michael Orfitelli, Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army Eastern Territory. “We are sorry to learn that Mr. Nelson will no longer be volunteering with the SATERN program, but are deeply grateful for his generous contribution that will ensure that this important communications capability remains in Greater Cincinnati.”

Each day, worldwide, The Salvation Army provides services, resources and spiritual support to those facing both human and natural disasters. In the local community, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) staff and volunteers provide greatly-needed food and hydration support to first-responders during emergencies. As well, the organization is equipped to respond immediately, as needed, for any natural or human disaster in the local community, the region or anywhere that need may dictate.


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