What is ARES?
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), a program of the ARRL, offers to its partners at all levels, trained Amateur Radio Service licensees who are skilled in the use of a wide range of emergency and disaster communications techniques and who are committed to supporting our partners’ missions in service to the public. Our partners include: County and city emergency management agencies, public service agencies, private organizations, and volunteer organizations.
Amateur radio emergency communications is fun, challenging, and exciting! It’s a great way to get involved in the community, meet new people, learn good communications practices, and work with like-minded hams. Amateur radio operators have proven to be a vital resource in disasters, especially at the local level. Also, simply buying a radio and putting it in your go-bag makes you ill-prepared to communicate in an emergency. Good radio practices are learned and must be practiced in order to maintain a functional level of proficiency – especially during a disaster when emotions and stress are high!
Where do I fit in?
Our group is organized to maximize the efforts of our members and allow them to help in ways that work best for each operator. If you’re interested, we have a place where you can help.
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