When major disasters occur the first casualty in utilities is communications, the Mobile Phone and Landline network gets clogged up, power supplies and in some cases water supplies fail. Communications are vital to the voluntary responder in providing targeted relief supplies such as food, bedding, clothing, medical supplies, temporary accommodation as well as helping to organise evacuation. Radio Amateurs are ideally placed for such emergency communication provision as we are fully accustomed to ‘Field Days’ in which a fully operational station with worldwide contact possibilities can be set up within a few hours enabling twenty four hour continuous operation. Capabilities include HF, VHF and UHF radio equipment both analogue and digital, as well as digital messaging, vehicle tracking, repeater systems, antenna erection, independent power supply generation and self-catering camping type accommodation allowing us to provide fully operational systems in remote locations. It is with this self-recognition in mind that radio amateurs offer their services to the wider community. The history that led to the formation of RAYNET goes back over 70 years, but RAYNET as it now stands has its roots going back to 1953 and the devastating floods along the East coast of Britain.