The mission of the City of Redmond Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) team is to provide the City of Redmond with communications support, as requested, for public events, drills and emergencies.
Redmond ARES members are official City of Redmond volunteers, and we are committed to serving, the City of Redmond. For more information about the ARES served agency relationship—such as that between Redmond ARES and the City of Redmond—see the ARRL Emergency Communication Handbook, Chapter 4.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a group of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.
ARRL, the national organization for amateur radio, has sponsored the ARES program since 1935. ARES is part of the ARRL field organization. See Washington State ARES for more information.
In addition to serving local communities, ARES has formal agreements with organizations such as the American Red Cross, National Weather Service, Department of Homeland Security, Citizen Corps, and REACT International, Inc.
Join our team and use your ham skills to help people during a disaster or emergency.
16917 Northeast 116th Street, Redmond, Washington 98052, United States
Redmond ARES provides communications support and other services for both planned and unplanned events.
Examples of planned events include:
Many ARES members also participate in the ARRL Field Day exercises held each year during the last full weekend in June. Redmond ARES 2009 Field day activities were covered in both the Redmond Reporter and Seattle Times.
Unplanned events are situations or emergencies where Redmond ARES receives a formal activation request from the City of Redmond. Examples of past unplanned events include the following:
When Redmond ARES is activated by the manager of the City of Redmond Emergency Coordination Center (ECC), team responsibilities may include the following:
Your success as an ARES volunteer depends on a familiarity with basic emergency communications skills, and a working knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) used by King County and the City of Redmond. The following table describes the training you're expected to complete during your first year as a Redmond ARES member.
There are two basic requirements for ARES membership:
Here's how to become a member:
Once your membership is approved, you'll receive a City of Redmond photo ID card and be assigned a duty station.
To maintain your status as an active member of Redmond ARES, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
Email to "info" at redmond-ares.org