Elmore County A.R.E.S.

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History of Elmore County A.R.E.S. (KC4EMG)


The Elmore County ARES Club got it's club call thanks to Daniel McCaffery (KE5GDK) in March of 2009. ARES Has been around in Elmore County for quite a long time, but tit was only when Daniel took on the mantle of Emergency Coordinator (EC), did it become an amateur radio club. As we move forward, this club will endeavor to expand our capabilities and membership in the Elmore County area so that in times of need, we will be ready to serve our communities. 

With the formation of the Elmore County Amateur Radio Society (ECARS) in late 2011, Elmore County ARES is partnering with this club to better serve our community. Through mutual cooperation, the 2 organizations will be better able to serve our communities and served agencies in times of need.


The Elmore County Emergency Coordinator is Mr. Patrick Scott (WX4RES) from Tallassee, AL. After serving most of 2009 as the AEC here in Elmore County, he has taken over from Daniel (KE5GDK) the position of EC, officially as of 17 Nov. 2009.


Elmore County's AEC for Operations is Farris Mosley. Farris, a former EC for Elmore County and, more recently, Butler County, bring s years of experience to the position. Farris was instumental in maintaining working amateur radio communications in Elmore county during the aftermath of the 27APR2011 tornado disaster. He turned out to be the backbone of our communications effort.


Elmore County ARES AEC for Training is Otto J. Arnoscht (N4UZZ). As one of the most active members here in Elmore County, he is ideally suited to the task. He is our Trainer and the Central Alabama Skywarn Net Controller for Emergency Net Golf.  


After serving as the Elmore County EC for more than a year, Daniel McCaffery (KE5GD)  stepped down due to increased work and educational responsibilities. He served as AEC here in Elmore County for Logistics until September 2011 when he had to step down in that capacity due to decreasing availability. He is also the club founder and the current Trustee.

About ARES

Historical operations

Amateur radio operators belonging to ARES (and its predecessor, the Amateur Radio Emergency Corps [AREC]) have responded to local and regional disasters since the 1930s, including the attacks of September 11, 2001 and Hurricane Katrina. Amateur radio provides a means of communication when all others fail; for example, after Katrina Hancock County, Mississippi had lost all contact with the outside world, except through ARES operators who served as 911 dispatchers and message relayers (ARRL article). ARES has deployed for a variety of other emergencies and disasters, including the 2003 North America blackout, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, and the Kelowna/Okanagan wildfire of 2003 in British Columbia, Canada.

Organizational structure

ARES groups are volunteer amateur radio operators who come together for the common purpose of providing emergency and/or auxiliary communications service to public safety and public service organizations. Most individual ARES units are autonomous and operate locally. Although the Amateur Radio Emergency Service is a program (and trademark) of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the structure is more supportive than directive in nature, providing mostly for mutual aid in the event of large-scale emergencies. As long as local units are operating in the best interests of Amateur Radio in general and the ARRL in particular, intervention from the national organization is minimal.

ARES groups are generally organized by city or county and are made up of volunteers from the local area. The only requirements to join ARES are a willingness to serve and a valid amateur radio license.

Groups are organized locally by the person holding the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC). The EC maintains full responsibility for organizing the local groups and serving as their leader during operations. The EC is an ARRL or RAC member, and is generally the point of contact for those wishing to perform Emergency Communications in their local area. He/She may appoint one or several AECs (Assistant Emergency Coordinator) to oversee certain geographical areas, or he/she may appoint by function such as the SKYWARN severe weather spotting network, Net Managing, Training Direction, or Public Information, or maybe a mix of the above (i.e. whatever works locally). Some members may be appointed as Official Emergency Stations and are trained to serve specific duties such as being a net controller during emergencies.

The next higher level of coordination is the optional District Emergency Coordinator (DEC). This person coordinates the operation of several local county or city ARES groups and reports to the Section Emergency Coordinator in those sections where the span of control would otherwise be too large.

Leading the structure is the Section Emergency Coordinator, or SEC. This person is appointed by the elected Section Manager and is responsible for emergency communications in his/her section. In the U.S., a Section is one of 71 geographic administrative areas of the ARRL. It is either a state (or province in Canada), or in more densely populated areas of the U.S., a portion of a state.

Mutual assistance

ARES in the U.S. has Memorandums of Understanding with organizations including the American Red Cross, National Weather Service, Department of Homeland Security, Citizen Corps, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International, National Communications System, National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers Inc., Salvation Army, Society of Broadcast Engineers, Quarter Century Wireless Association Inc. and REACT International Inc.

Often these memorandums illustrate a common and united sense of purpose between ARES and another organization. However, Memorandums of Understanding with the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service, the Salvation Army and others lay out the general guidelines for organization and coordination between agencies in times of emergency.





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