Joey McCaslin, Caldwell County Emergency Manager, several local Ham Radio operators, and Caldwell County Sheriff Stan Hudson, were at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Monday to set up and run tests for the emergency communications base of operations for the upcoming eclipse.

They began setting up at 9AM and ran tests into Monday afternoon. McCaslin said that they would have seven radios up and running, as well as a computer with WIN LINK, to be able to stay in contact with emergency responders, as well as the school board and more, during the weekend of the eclipse. They were able to contact Frankfort loud and clear with no issues Monday morning.

McCaslin was glad they set up three weeks in advance because they already had a list of things they thought they had but didn’t, and will now have the time to be fully prepared. McCaslin said that they will return Thursday, August 17th, to set up the equipment again, run last minute tests, and leave the equipment to be prepared for the weekend starting on Friday. The eclipse will be Monday, August 21st.