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.
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.
South Central District ARES offering ICS Classes
MN ARES South Central District will be offering ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800 training at the Red Cross building in Mankato on Saturday, July 25. This training is open to all ARES members and will be free of charge. The class will start at 9:00AM and should be concluded by 4:00PM.
ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800 are required for all ARES leadership positions and recommended for all ARES members. This course will cover the material covered in those classes in an interactive setting and offer the ability to ask questions and share insights. To obtain certification, it will be necessary to complete the on-line tests on the FEMA website following completion of the class.
Thank you to the Viking Amateur Radio Society and Tony (KD0SED) for making this valuable training opportunity available to our ARES teams. Please RSVP to K0JCR@arrl.net.
South Central District gets a little help installing an antenna on the Le Sueur County EOC
Le Sueur County ARES had a bit of help installing an antenna at the Le Sueur County EOC in LeCenter a few weekends ago.
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