There are no dues or membership fees associated with being part of ARES, just an interest in helping others, be excited to learn new skills, and participate in activities supporting emergency communications. Members must complete a minimum level of training and participate in our nets, activities, and meetings. Once your initial training is completed a member can be assigned to support communications at our Emergency Operations Center and hurricane shelters.
“Official” membership as a Santa Rosa County ARES member is not required to attend any of our meetings, activities, or training sessions. Completion of the below training is only required if you wish to volunteer at a shelter, the EOC, or be deployed. We can always use home based volunteers to help relay information between nets!
If you’re interested in becoming an ARES member, please fill out this registration form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone wishing to be posted at the EOC, a shelter, or be deployed to another county will require a basic background check. Again, volunteers from home are not subject to the background check nor do you require a background check to attend any of our meetings or activities.
If you’re brand new to amateur radio, check out our “What gear do I need?” page to help you start your journey.
The below courses are the basics required if you wish to be deployed inside Santa Rosa County. These courses may be completed from your home, on your own time using your computer. These courses aren’t required to attend our meetings or events, only for activations.
- IS-100.C – Introduction to the Incident Command System
- IS-700.B – An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
- IS-200.C – Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response
- IS-800.D – National Response Framework
- ARRL EC-001 Introduction to Emergency Communication
As you complete courses, we recommend uploading your completion certificates to Florida’s SERT TRAC system so that you can easily access your transcript and also find in person courses available inside the state.