Brunswick County ARES

ARES ORGINIZATION

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service local and county levels when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in the ARES. The only qualification, other than the possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve. Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership.

Useing the link below, you can read our Emergency plan. This plan also serves as an entry level training document. It was developed and maintained by our planning commettee currently headed by Ward Newcomb (N4PEX),former ARES Emergency coordinator.

Brunswick County ARES Emergency Plan

For information about ARES or how to join, contact Dave Lippincott, Brunswick County ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) by phone (910-253-9913)or my email (davidvl@sprynet.com).


ARES TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS

All ARES operations must comply with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). ARES operates under the Incident Command System (ICS) when activated.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now requires all volunteers, including Amateur Radio operators to be certificated in at least IS 100,IS 200, IS 700 and IS 800 course material. For non-governmental employees and others without access to classroom instruction, these courses are available as on-line independent-study courses that are free of charge.

THOSE AMATEUR OPERATORS WHO MAY BE DEPLOYED TO EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTERS (EOCs), COMMAND POSTS, UBLIC SAFETY ANSWER POINTS (911 CENTERS) OR OTHER POINTS WHERE INTERFACE WITH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AT ANY LEVEL IS EXPECTED, ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, and IS 800.

The courses are internet-based self study and are available free of charge from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute .


NON-CERTIFIED ARES MEMBERS

You donot have to complet the NIMS courses be an active ARES member. You can attend meetings, communicate with other amateur radio operators as a spotter, participate in training sessions, assist with preparations etc.


BRUNSWICK COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES

Our ARES orginization supports Brunswick County through a direct relationship with the County Emergency Services Department. The County Emergency Coordinator (EC) is Scott Garner. Scott is also the Brunswick County Fire Marshal. For more information regarding Brunswick County Emergency Services, go to:

Other links for ARES are:



This page last revised: 3/14/2016