Frequently asked questions
- What does Redmond ARES do?
- What happens during an emergency?
- What training is required?
- Where can I find out more about Amateur Radio?
- How do I become a member of Redmond ARES?
What Does Redmond ARES Do?
Redmond ARES provides communications support and other services for both planned and unplanned events. Examples of planned events include:
- Simulated emergency drills
- Redmond Derby Days Parade
- Marymoor 4th of July Celebration
- Marymoor Park cycling events
Many ARES members also participate in the ARRL Field Day exercises held each year during the last full weekend in June. Redmond ARES 2009 Field day activities were covered in both the Redmond Reporter and Seattle Times.Unplanned Events
Unplanned events are situations or emergencies where Redmond ARES receives a formal activation request from the City of Redmond. Examples of past unplanned events include the following:
- Nisqually Earthquake – February 2001
- Snow Emergencies – Numerous
- President’s Day Windstorm – February 1993 Back to top
What Happens During an Emergency?
When Redmond ARES is activated by the manager of the City of Redmond Emergency Coordination Center (ECC), team responsibilities may include the following:
- Communicate within the city using personal or city amateur radio gear, fax machines, agency radios, cell phones, FRS radios or other communications devices.
- Communicate with the King County EOC in Renton, WA and the State of Washington Emergency Management Division at Camp Murray, WA.
- Communicate with other municipal Emergency Operations Centers.
- Support the Redmond Police and Fire Mobile Command Post.
What Training is Required?
Your success as an ARES volunteer depends on a familiarity with basic emergency communications skills, and a working knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) used by King County and the City of Redmond. The following table describes the training you're expected to complete during your first year as a Redmond ARES member.
Introduction to Incident Command System
Introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. Free. http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b
ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
Designed to help you operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS. Free. http://www.training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-200.b
National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
Describes the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. Free. http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a
National Response Framework, An Introduction
The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework, which provides a context for how the whole community can work together during an emergency, and how emergency response efforts relate to other aspects of national preparedness.
ACES Basic Certification
This two-day course provides a practical introduction to emergency communications skills, and includes hands-on practice. Prerequisites: ICS 100, ICS 200, and ICS 700. Cost: $25. NOTE: This course was developed by Oregon ACES ("Auxiliary Communication Emergency Solutions") and is taught by local volunteers. http://www.oregonaces.org/
American Heart Association CPR and Basic First Aid. These courses are provided to ARES members periodically at no charge, usually at Redmond Ready events. Back to top
Where Can I Find Out More about Amateur Radio?
The best place to begin your search for information about amateur radio is the ARRL web site. ARRL (The Amateur Radio Relay League) is the national organization for amateur radio.
You might also want to check out the amateur radio clubs in the area:
- Lake Washington Ham Club
- Mike and Key Amateur Radio Club
How Do I Become a Member of Redmond ARES?
See Joining Redmond ARES for details.Back to top