What is ARES?
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.