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Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Recent events prove disaster can strike at any time. Events both big and small, natural or man made, can occur without warning.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a voluntary group of licensed amateurs. These volunteers have registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs (of all license classes) are eligible for membership. Emergency powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement to join.

ARES is something amateur radio operators can provide to their communities in times of the greatest need. If you wish to volunteer for your community in times of need using your amateur radio experience, the following steps can get you started.

  1. Register for the FEMA Independent Study Exams. You will need a Student ID Number (SID). Apply for yours at the following link: https://training.fema.gov/is/
  2. Take and pass the following online courses for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS):
  3. Take a passport style digital photo for ID. Email the photo, your course certificates, and the application to the Hamilton County ARES Membership Coordinator: Pat Maley (KD8PAT) – masterspinner1@gmail.com

Additional ARES links of interest: