The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a nationwide field organization sponsored by the ARRL and composed of licensed amateur radio operators who are willing to offer their time and equipment to provide communications support for local governments and non-profit disaster relief organizations during disasters and emergencies.
Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.