To All Radio Amateurs:
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a voluntary organization of licensed radio amateurs who have registered their capabilities and equipment for providing emergency communications as a public service to the community. The purpose of ARES is to furnish communications in the event of natural disaster, when regular communications fail or are inadequate. Sponsored by ARRL, the ARES functions at the local level to meet local communications needs.
The ARES has a long history of public service going back to its formal inception in 1935. Since that time, the ARES has responded countless times to communications emergencies.
Experience has proven that radio amateurs respond more capably in time of emergency when practice has been conducted in an organized group. There is no substitute for experience gained before the need arises.
The ARES in each locality operates under the direction of the Emergency Coordinator (EC), whose function is to direct the activities of the ARES to maintain a state of readiness.
To register in the ARES, send the printable registration form directly to your EC (in Pueblo and Huerfano Counties of Colorado, this would be Jerry Tucker, KJØT -- 2109 Hollywood Dr. -- Pueblo, CO 81005) or to ARRL Headquarters for forwarding to your EC. League membership is NOT required for registration. Registration does not require possession of any specially designed equipment. All amateurs can be of assistance to the ARES. There is provision in the ARES for every amateur regardless of license, equipment owned, or personal circumstances.
Won't you join us in providing this essential Amateur Radio service?