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OK ARES Nets
Assistant Emergency Coordinator
ARRL Field Organization
The ARRL Emergency Coordinator (EC) is a key team player in ARES on the
local emergency scene. Working with the Section Emergency Coordinator
(SEC), the District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) and Official Emergency
Stations, the EC prepares for, and engages in management of
communications needs in disasters. EC duties include:
Recruitment of new hams and League members is an integral part of the
job of every League appointee. Appointees should take advantage of every
opportunity to recruit a new ham or member to foster growth of Field
Organization programs, and our abilities to serve the public.
Promote and enhance the activities of the Amateur Radio Emergency
Service (ARES) for the benefit of the public as a voluntary, non-
commercial communications service.
Manage and coordinate the training, organization and emergency
participation of interested amateurs working in support of the
communities, agencies or functions designated by the Section Emergency
Establish viable working relationships with federal, state, county, city
governmental and private agencies in the ARES jurisdictional area which
need the services of ARES in emergencies. Determine what agencies are
active in your area, evaluate each of their needs, and which ones you
are capable of meeting, and then prioritize these agencies and needs.
Discuss your planning with your Section Emergency Coordinator and then
with your counterparts in each of the agencies. Ensure they are all
aware of your ARES group's capabilities, and perhaps more importantly,
Develop detailed local operational plans with "served" agency officials
in your jurisdiction that set forth precisely what each of your
expectations are during a disaster operation. Work jointly to establish
protocols for mutual trust and respect. All matters involving
recruitment and utilization of ARES volunteers are directed by you, in
response to the needs assessed by the agency officials. Technical issues
involving message format, security of message transmission, Disaster
Welfare Inquiry policies, and others, should be reviewed and expounded
upon in your detailed local operations plans.
Establish local communications networks run on a regular basis and
periodically test those networks by conducting realistic drills.
Establish an emergency traffic plan, with Welfare traffic inclusive,
utilizing the National Traffic System as one active component for
traffic handling. Establish an operational liaison with local and
section nets, particularly for handling Welfare traffic in an emergency
In times of disaster, evaluate the communications needs of the
jurisdiction and respond quickly to those needs. The EC will assume
authority and responsibility for emergency response and performance by
ARES personnel under his jurisdiction.
Work with other non-ARES amateur provider-groups to establish mutual
respect and understanding, and a coordination mechanism for the good of
the public and Amateur Radio. The goal is to foster an efficient and
effective Amateur Radio response overall.
Work for growth in your ARES program, making it a stronger, more
valuable resource and hence able to meet more of the agencies' local
needs. There are thousands of new Technicians coming into the amateur
service that would make ideal additions to your ARES roster. A stronger
ARES means a better ability to serve your communities in times of need
and a greater sense of pride for Amateur Radio by both amateurs and the
Report regularly to the SEC, as required.
The AEC is expected to be able to step in and assist the EC in any
matter regarding the operation of the County.
AEC's may have specializations or sub duties as defined by the EC.
AEC's are encouraged to earn certification in Level 1
of the ARRL "Intro to EmComm, EC-001" Course
(See ARRL for details)
All ARES Oklahoma officers are also expected to complete
FEMA training. All existing ARES members must complete this training
before 12/1/2007. All new applicants have one year from the time of
application to become part of ARES Oklahoma to complete this training.
Requirements: Full ARRL membership; FCC Technician class amateur radio
license or higher.
In addition to the roles and responsibilities listed above, ARES Oklahoma
has outlined the following additional roles associated to all officers.
||ARES Oklahoma Additions
You are responsible for training someone who can fill in for you
if you unable to participate. As an example, if you are a ZEC,
DEC, or EC one of your assistants should be designated as your
You must go to
and apply to be a part of the section. This adds your name to
the list that local incident commanders use in trying to find
ARES members for emergencies. Additionally, if you are joining
as an AEC or above, this is the web site that has all of the
tools you'll need to participate within the section reporting
structure. This associates your call sign with ARES at the local
If you are applying to be an officer within ARES Oklahoma, you
must fill out
our personal information release form
and mail to the current SEC. This gives ARES Oklahoma the legal
coverage deemed necessary for liability issues regarding the web
All ARES Oklahoma officers must join the "aresoklahoma" Yahoo!Group at
(then click on the big blue "Join This Group!" button at the top
right). This is how we broadcast all section events,
information, etc. that is of a timely or critical nature. All
ARES Oklahoma volunteers are encouraged to join this group also.
If you are an EC, a DEC, or a ZEC, you must also download a copy of the
ARES Oklahoma Section Plan
and, using it as a template, edit the section(s) starting on
page 14 that apply to your position within the organization.
These should be emailed to the ASEC Chief of Staff (currently,
Mr. Charles Goodson) for review. Once approved, it should be
passed along up the chain of command (ie. EC's edit their
information into the EC section on page 15 and mail it to their
DEC; their DEC would collect all of the EC's sections mailed to
them, and insert it into their own approved copy of this plan and after
adding their own information and mail that to the ASEC Chief of Staff.
Once approved, tehy would then mail it to their ZEC; and so on).
This gives uniformity to all of the operations of ARES in
Oklahoma, as the bulk of data for the rules, etc., will be
maintained as STANDARD across the section. The finished
document, with all EC, DEC, and ZEC additions, will be the
definitive statement of ARES in Oklahoma. Looking through it,
any incident commander working any disaster within the state
will have all the information needed to find the ARES members in
Once per quarter, all ARES Oklahoma members should validate
all of their contact information on both the ARES Oklahoma web
site as well as the national ARRL web site.
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