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Zone Emergency Coordinator (ZEC)
ARRL Field Organization
The ZEC is the assistant to the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) for emergency
preparedness. The ZEC is appointed by the SEC to take care of all matters
pertaining to emergency communications and the Amateur Radio Emergency
Service (ARES) on a zone wide basis. The ZEC post is one of top
importance in the section and the individual appointed to it should
devote all possible energy and effort to this one challenging
organizational program for Amateur Radio. There is only one ZEC
appointed in each zone of an ARRL Field Organization.
ZEC qualifications and functions:
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.
Encourage all groups of community amateurs to establish a local
Advise the SEC on all section emergency policy and planning, including
the development of a zone emergency communications plan.
Cooperate and coordinate with the Section Traffic Manager so that
emergency nets and traffic nets in the section present a united public
service front, particularly in the proper routing of Welfare traffic in
emergency situations. Cooperation and coordination should also be
maintained with other section leadership officials as appropriate,
particularly with the State Government Liaison and Public Information
Recommend candidates for Emergency Coordinator and District Emergency
Coordinator appointments (and cancellations) to the SEC. At the
SEC's discretion, the ZEC may be directly in charge of making (and
canceling) such appointments.
Promote ARES membership drives, meetings, activities, tests, procedures,
etc., at the section level.
Collect and consolidate Emergency Coordinator (and/or District Emergency
Coordinator) monthly reports and submit monthly progress summaries to
the SEC and ARRL Headquarters. This includes the timely reporting of
emergency and public safety communications rendered in the section for
inclusion in QST.
Maintain contact with other communication services and serve as liaison
at the section level with all agencies served in the public interest,
particularly in connection with state and local government, civil
preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross, Salvation
Army, the National Weather Service, and so on. Such contact is
maintained in cooperation with the State Government Liaison.
Zone Emergency Coordinators are encouraged to earn certification
from 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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