This site is for members of Palm Beach District ARES® and RACES and other interested parties.
ARES® (Amateur Radio Emergency Service®) is organized and established by the ARRL and local ARRL elected and appointed officials. ARES® focus is on communications and community service. ARES® staffs all shelters in Palm Beach County and provides interagency communications. ARES® members receive specialized training in emergency communications from both the ARRL and FEMA.
ARES® also performs, free of charge, communications for Public Service Events, such as: walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, parades and fund-raising events.
ARES® works hand in hand with FEMA, SERT, SKYWARN, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, HDCS, CERT and others needing backup communications.
ARES® members are NOT "First Responders". ARES® members are trained to provide supplementary communications. Then as the event is stablized we provide health, welfare and good of the community communications that frees up the First Responders more limited radio systems.
ARES® has no limit on the amount of on the air training and practice it can have.
For more information on the ARES® program visit the ARRL ARES® website.
RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) is a FCC specificed service for use during periods of civil disturbance and is limited in how much on the air training and practice it can have. RACES is very rarely activated and when it is generally uses members of ARES to fulfill its limited needs.
There is no connection between ARES and CERT, except that CERT training may be helpful to ARES members (and vice versa), and so there is some overlap in membership between local CERT teams and ARES.
SOUTHERN FLORIDA SECTION MANAGER - Jeff Beals, WA4AW
SOUTHERN FLORIDA SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR - Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ
GOLD COAST DISTRICT EMERGENCY COORDINATOR - Charlie Benn, WB2SNN