Kendall Amateur Radio Society

KB5TX


 Community Activities & Emergency Communications          

Amateur Radio Organizations and Licensed Volunteers serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communication when and where needed during times of disaster or public need.  Amateur Radio has always provided a Public Service need when and where called upon.  Through programs such as ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and RACES (Amateur Radio Civil Emergency Service) operators work closely with Public Safety Officials to provide a communication need that their organizations cannot fill.

ARES is an organized group of amateur radio operators that can help out during an emergency with communication to any other amateur radio station in order to provide information vital to the overall operation of the emergency.  The ARES groups are divided up into regions and sections.  Be sure to look up what area you are in, identify the leadership for your area, and get involved in the training provided by that group.  For more information see http://www.arrl.org/ares

RACES is a group of amateur radio operators authorized by the FCC to handle emergency communications on special frequencies as defined in 47 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 97 subsection 407.  RACES Organizations are licensed and controlled by the FCC.  Special training is required to be a RACES member. Look for the nearest Civil Defense Agency in your area.  For more information see https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/47/97.407

Many local jurisdictions have groups of amateur radio operators that can be activated during an emergency with predesigned duties to assist Public Safety with their mission.  Check with your local amateur radio clubs for such groups. CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Teams) is one such group.  For more information see https://www.ready.gov/community-emergency-response-team

No matter where your interest lies, your radio operating ability, your physical limitations, or you desire to help, seek out an organization in your area and get involved.  You will not only find it very rewarding, but you will help provide a service that in needed for Public Safety to accomplish their mission.  For more information see http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-emergency-communication

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