What is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service? We are a group of dedicated volunteers working with various agencies and local governments to provide an alternate means of communication when the need arises. Amateur radio has the capability to get messages through when other channels of communication are unavailable or overwhelmed. Hams (licensed amateur radio operators) have the equipment and know-how to be able to communicate across town and world- wide without having to rely on phone lines, satellites, or even the electrical power grid. From 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina, and through many other disasters and emergencies, hams have been there to help.
Interested in helping your community in an emergency? This a great time to get involved! We will be conducting training session and drills on a regular basis, plus working on our county emergency operations plan. If you are interested in serving your community, please come see what we are all about. While full membership requires being a licensed amateur radio operator, participation is open to all. You do not need to reside in Franklin County to be a member.
For more information, contact Stacy Landers, Emergency Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (636) 239-2111. See the activities page for information on our weekly net and meeting times. Look for more information on ARES and amateur radio on our links page.
Ready to join? Fill out a Member Application in PDF or MSWORD 97-2003 format that you can mail in or, better yet, bring it with you to a meeting!