Join Alabama ARES

If you have a desire to contribute as a team member to the Alabama Amateur Radio Service, welcome. To join ARES, contact your local EC or District EC to get started.

1.      Take the free online courses from FEMA including the ICS -100, 200, 700, and 800. Keep the originals in a safe place and provide a copies to your EC or DEC.  Never self-deploy or undertake expenses in preparation for deployment in an actual disaster area or served agency facilities without completing this introductory training or without authorization from the ARES leadership. We will contact all of the ARES membership listed in the database for deployment into disaster areas.

2.      Ask your EC or DEC to recommend that you be added to ARES database along with your progress of training. Have him or her send an email request to this website’s Administrators. You will be notified by email when you are verified and added. You will be given access to the ARES forum on the website.

3.      Keep up with your training and keep your contact information up to date on the database. It is your responsibility.

4.      At least once per year, try to go to a hamfest that has an ARES forum (Huntsville, Birmingham or Montgomery usually do) and meet your fellow ARES members and take part in the discussions.

5.      Become familiar with your served agencies, their procedures and policies. Learn to integrate yourself into their way of doing things. Read the Alabama Emergency Operations Plan on the website and become familiar with its content.

6.      For those hams that don’t want to undergo the training or who don’t want to deploy, you can still be a valuable asset at your home station or in areas outside the restricted areas of disaster sites or served agency facilities by volunteering to pass traffic and volunteer to be trained as a net control station. All operators are valuable to ARES regardless of class of license. We do encourage you to expand your capability. Study and take the test to be a general class amateur radio operator so you can use HF for statewide communications.

7.      Continue your education and training with the ARRL’s emergency communications Basic and Advanced online courses.

8.      Be an active ARES member. Check into nets regularly and train regularly with your local ARES group on HF, VHF, and UHF nets. Also explore other modes of communication like the digital modes on HF and APRS.

9.      Never get involved in the politics of the served agencies. It will fail you at a critical time of need. Stay professional, focused and neutral in your duties. Always keep your ARES leadership in the loop on developments while deployed.

10.  Be a positive force in ARES and encourage others to strive to be excellent communicators under adverse band and site conditions.

The ARES Leadership is here to assist you in your acclimation to the ARES mission. The work will, at times, be long  or under difficult conditions but your value will be deeply appreciated by the public we serve. If you have any questions, please contact your EC or DEC.

Apply

If you have met the above criteria, please register on the forum using the following link*:

REGISTER HERE

* When registering, use your FCC CALL SIGN as your USER NAME.