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Emergencies and Preparedness

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)

In 1925, ARRL formed the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES), that is specifically tasked to provide emergency public service communications.
ARES is organized in a similar fashion to the American Red Cross. ARES has local chapters called Sections, which provide local emergency communication services. Lake Havasu City ARES is managed by a locally-elected Section Manager (SM) who resides in Kingman. Emergency communications are the responsibility of a Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), who manages activities in five districts. Each of these five districts is managed by a District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) who may appoint several Emergency Coordinators (EC) with local area responsibilities. This highly decentralized yet structured organization has enabled San Diego ARES to respond very rapidly to local emergencies for more than 80 years, and also bring to bear the resources of the national organization when needed during extreme, local disasters.
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)

In 1953, to more effectively respond to international threats to Public Safety, Congress created the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, (RACES) as a legal adjunct to the Civil Defense services as authorized by Part 97.407 of the FCC Rules and Regulations. RACES’ mission is to operate and maintain Amateur, Public Safety, and other communications systems, and to perform unique, accurate, and efficient communication services to assist government officials in the protection of life and property. A "State of Emergency" does not have to exist or be declared to activate RACES. Every effort is made to use RACES resources as frequently as possible to maintain both personnel and equipment in a continuing state of readiness and proficiency. Any responsible government official may request RACES to assist in a special communication need. Gary Hamman, K7GH, in Scottsdale, AZ is the State Races Officer. Maybe he can provide a write up for this page. RACES Organizations are supposed to report directly to the State Department of Emergency Management Director. Arizona’s DEM director is Wendy Smith-Reeve. A FEMA guideline, CPG 1-15 pdf is available online which provides an excellent path to follow to properly implement, manage and support a RACES Organization. We should list some ARES and RACES and Local Frequencies and/or repeaters to avoid when these organizations have been deployed or called upon. We should probably provide links and or contact info to relevant information for curious operators.