Official ARES Section activations are state-level activations authorized by the Section Emergency Coordinator, as requested by the Minnesota State Duty Officer, Minnesota Volunteer Agencies Active in Disaster (MNVOAD) or by local agencies.
Southwest District Emergency Coordinator Arl Weinrebe (KD0BJW) presents Rock County Emergency Coordinator Bill Martin (KA1TIU) with his certificate and badge. Welcome, Bill!
Belle Plaine Half Marathon - October 1 2016
Setting up the ARES portable antenna and repeater to provide communications throughout the course.
Transfer of Duties Complete
Joe Reinemann, K0JCR, (left) accepted the duties of Minnesota Section Emergency Coordinator from Dan Anderson, KD0ASX June 30 in Jordan, MN. Anderson will stay on in an advisory role to the new SEC, will help with transition process with the website, and will take on special projects.
Incoming SEC awarded Region's Red Cross Distinguished Volunteer Leadership Award
Incoming Section Emergency Coordinator Joe Reinemann, K0JCR, received the Minnesota Region's Red Cross Distinguished Volunteer Leadership Awared at a ceremony in Minneapolis June 28. Joe will be taking over the duties from outgoing SEC Dan Anderson, KD0ASX, July 1.
From the Red Cross:
- Distinguished Volunteer Leadership Award - Joe Reinemann
- Joe is one of the most highly involved and engaged volunteers in the Southwest Chapter. His dedication to the Red Cross mission has been such an asset to the things that we do every day. The leadership skills that Joe possesses show strongly in the work that he does. He often mentors new and experienced volunteers in new programs and really helps us to serve all of our 19 county area. There are very few things in the disaster cycle that Joe is not involved in. He has served in Logistics, Mass Care, Preparedness, Operations, Disaster Action Team (DAT), Dispatch, and many more areas. Joe has recently taken on the role of Volunteer Partner, as well as accepted the Regional DAT Advisor position. Joe gets involved in every aspect and everything he can in disaster services. Aside from his official roles, he is our most active participant of our Home Fire Preparedness Campaigns. He also participates in and helps lead disaster drill exercises and other projects. He is amazing!
- It is evident that the Red Cross is very high on Joe’s list of passions, and he is an extremely reliable volunteer. We can always count on Joe to follow through with what he says he will do, and never have to worry about the quality of his work. He is absolutely vital to our disaster services in Minnesota. We couldn't do it without him!
Latest ARES Manual is now available online
The latest edition (March 2015) of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) Manual now is online, both at the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/ares.
This edition includes various Incident Command System (ICS) forms for ARES use, clarifies the role of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), contains an improved chapter on ARES training, and includes all current ARRL memoranda of understanding/agreement.
ARES consists of Amateur Radio licensees who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communication duty in the public service, when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of ARRL membership, is eligible to apply for ARES membership.