Frequently asked questions

What Does Redmond ​​​​ARES ​Do?

Redmond ARES provides communications support and other services for both planned and unplanned events. Examples of planned events include:


​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:

What Happens During an Emerg​ency?

When Redmond ARES is activated by the manager of the City of Redmond Emergency Coordination Center (ECC), team responsibilities may include the following:

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What Training is Require​d?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Rad​​io?

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:

How Do I Become a Member of Redmo​​nd ARES?

See Joining Redmond ARES​ for details.

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