ARES ~ last update: 17 Jan 2023
Amateur Radio Emergency Services ~ Shiawassee County
The Shiawassee County ARPSC coordinates local activity and is where our local efforts start (this can be for any 'locally triggered' event ~ different than RACES.). The ARES group provides communication during emergency operations or local sanctioned events. When other forms of public communications do not satisfy requirements our local needs, our group activates. Using even the simplest of radio setups and antennas, amateurs can communicate with each other for fun or during emergency support efforts. The local group practice events sharpen our radio skills and meets any local challenges as they appear. The regular communication practice amateurs get during training events keeps skills sharp and makes for effective communications during a 'real' need. Our group is in support of the County Emergency manager's office and we register and support those efforts. The Emergency Manager works under the wing of 'Homeland Security'. The group is thus better able to handle messages for police and other public service organizations as required. Due to the 'regular practice' of our skills, we become much better equipped to doing local communication. It is very important to keep your individual local communication skills sharp!
SARA maintains some equipment [club owned] for use with an our ARES and Skywarn activities. The club insures that this equipment is ready whenever it may be needed.
NOTE: You must 'pre-register' to be able to assist during any emergency event! Get it done early so you can add to the local resources we can utilize a the critical times.