is the information site for the Knox County ARES/RACES-CERT organization. The
group is comprised of trained amateur radio operators who provide public
service communications support. Amateur ("Ham") radio operators are uniquely
skilled and equipped to provide backup disaster communications for served
agencies and the community during or after incidents that create a
communications emergency. We also provide communications during community
events such as bike races and walk-a-thons.
- ARES is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. This is
sponsored nationally by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). ARES operators
are registered with their local ARES organizations.
- RACES is the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. This is a
function created by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the FCC
(Federal Communications Commission). These licensed amateurs are certified by a
civil defense agency and can continue to operate during emergencies when other
amateur operators may be prohibited from transmitting.
- CERT is the Community Emergency Response Team program. This
consists of volunteers who are trained in basic disaster response skills such
as fire safety, light search & rescue and medical operations.
If you are interested in joining our program, feel free to
attend one of our monthly meetings. These are held on the second Saturday of
each month at 9:15 AM at the Knox County EMA, 301 Park St. in Rockland.