The ARRL has just posted the story about the collapse of the communications infrastructure in San Jose, California on April 9th and how ham radio came to the rescue.
Vandals cut four underground fibre-optic cables and the sabotage led to a widespread disruption of all phone service. Within hours, amateur radio ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) volunteers initiated emergency plans and their HEARNET (Hospital Emergency Administrative Radio Network) went on the air supplying vital communications links to area hospitals.
Read all about it here:
Amateur Radio has highly praised by local officials and was mentioned in news reports in The San Jose Mercury and The Daily Tech.