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ARES The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

How to Get Involved in ARES

Fill out the ARES Registration form and submit it to your local Emergency Coordinator.


Okaloosa County EOC will host Web EOC training at the Niceville EOC complex on the following dates in March from 8:30am to 11am: 6th, 13th, 19th and 27th. Attendance for only one date is required. Please register via Ken Wolfe ( or call 651-7150. New log in procedures will be covered, so this is a great opportunity for a refresher course for those who are already familiar with Web EOC.

Santa Rosa County ARES will be hosting the ARRL course EC-001 "Introduction to Emergency Communications". This course will be held on April 4 and April 11 from 0800 - 1700 each day at the Santa Rosa County Emergency Operations Center in Milton. This course is primarily geared towards Amateur Radio operators who would be providing emergency communications to ARES, CERT Teams, first responders, etc. Non-hams are welcome, but licensed amateur radio operators will receive attendance priority. Check for details.

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