Redmond ARES

Welcome to the Redmond ARES

Welcome to the Redmond ARES

Welcome to the Redmond ARESWelcome to the Redmond ARES
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Redmond Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)

Redmond ARES Mission

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.

What is ARES?

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.

Contact Us

Team Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at Redmond Fire Station 17

Join our team and use your ham skills to help people during a disaster or emergency. 

Redmond ARES - City of Redmond

16917 Northeast 116th Street, Redmond, Washington 98052, United States

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Frequently asked questions

What does Redmond ​​​​ARES do?

Redmond ARES provides communications support and other services for both planned and unplanned events.

Examples of planned events include:

  • ​​​​Simulated emergency drills
  • Redmond Derby Days Parade
  • Marymoor 4th of July Celebration
  • Marymoor Park cycling events

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​​

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:

  • Nisqually Earthquake – February 2001
  • Snow Emergencies – Numerous
  • President’s Day Windstorm – February 1993 

What Happens During an Emerg​ency?

When Redmond ARES is activated by the manager of the City of Redmond Emergency Coordination Center (ECC), team responsibilities may include the following: 

  • Communicate within the city using personal or city amateur radio gear, fax machines, agency radios, cell phones, FRS radios or other communications devices. 
  • Communicate with the King County EOC in Renton, WA and the State of Washington Emergency Management Division at Camp Murray, WA.
  • Communicate with other municipal Emergency Operations Centers.
  • Support the Redmond Police and Fire Mobile Command Post.​

What Training is Require​d?

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. 

How Do I Become a Member of Redmo​​nd ARES?

There are two basic requirements for ARES membership:

  • An amateur radio license
  • A willingness to serve your community


Becoming a Member

Here's how to become a member:

  1. Attend three or four monthly meetings to find out if the Redmond ARES mission is a good fit with your interests and abilities.
  2. Request an application. You can use our contact form, or send mail to "info" at redmond-ares.org.
  3. Pass a basic police background check. This is required for access to city facilities.

Once your membership is approved, you'll receive a City of Redmond photo ID card and be assigned a duty station.


What is Expected of a Member

To maintain your status as an active member of Redmond ARES, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Attend at least one meeting per quarter.
  • Check in during at least three weekly on-air nets per quarter.
  • Meet the basic training requirement​s.
  • Participate in planned deployments and emergency call-outs.
  • Maintain a basic emergency activation kit (also known as a go bag or jump kit).

Ready to get started?

Email to "info" at redmond-ares.org