02-03-2017, 07:59 PM
You, sir, are absolutely correct.
My local club (I'm not a member, although my dad was one of the founders many decades ago), is so bent on being part of the emergency hero-cult, they have reduced themselves to wearing walkie-talkies and directing traffic through our annual drive-thru flu vaccine event. Evidently, they only beat out the Boy/Girl Scouts for this highly coveted privilege because it takes place during school hours.
My dad was, at times, the regional emergency coordinator and I never once remember him or the club having any interaction with the "authorities". In disasters or when the landline communication system is down, the cops have their own systems. It is Joe Mundane that needs an emergency communication system.