I had just gotten up, and was putting together breakfast when the phone rang. It was fizzygeek.
She asked "Are you going to work today?" I replied that yeah, I was planning to. She explained that it might
not be a good idea, and to turn on the TV, any channel. I watched the carnage briefly and realized that this
was a real emergency. An ARES/RACES emergency. So I explained that I had to go, hung up, fired up the
ham radio, and found the emergency net. I signed on, gave my capabilities (VHF/UHF capable, HF licensed
but no HF gear), and said I'd be ready to deploy in 45 minutes. I made a hurried breakfast, and loaded my
go kit, batteries, cable, antennae, extra food and water into the car. I signed back on and said I was ready
to deploy. I was sent to Red Cross headquarters, along with another ARES/RACES ham who had HF gear but
no HF license.
We arrived to find there were antenna cables already coming out of the wall, part of an in-progress
installation. As they were incomplete and we didn't know where they went, we ran our own cables and
set up antennae on the roof and got radios working in the offices. Other members of our group were
at Dulles airport and the Pentagon.
I was really glad I had something to do then, I think it helped me deal with everything that was going on
better than the people who could only sit and watch it unfold.