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ARES is an acronym for Amateur Radio Emergency Service. ARES is organized by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The ARRL is the national membership association for Amateur Radio operators. Today, the ARES provides the organization and guidance to help amateur radio operators to establish a local emergency communications group. Emergency Coordinators work with local government agencies such as police, fire, sheriff, search and rescue and offices of emergency management to determine what emergency communications needs may exist.
Although the primary purpose of the ARES is to provide emergency communications, ARES members also routinely provide non-business communications support to other public events.
For more information about ARES, read this article:
ARRL ARES Manual: Amateur Radio Emergency Communication
ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communication (EC-001). http://www.arrl.org/online-course-catalog
ARRL Amateur Radio Disaster Welfare Message FSD-224
ARRL Public Service Communications Manual- An indispensable guide for amateurs providing communications for emergencies or public service.
ARRL Radiogram forms : RADIOGRM
ARRL Numbered Radiogram Reference: Includes both relief emergency and routine message radiograms, in addition to the precedence to use in emergency, priority, welfare and routine situations fsd3
ARRL Message Form Guidelines : Guidelines for originating and handling formal radiogram messages, including precedence, handling instructions, QN signals, Q signals, abbreviations, prosigns and prowords fsd218
ARRL Operating Aide : This handy operating aid contains five useful references including the UTC time conversion chart, the ITU phonetic alphabet, guidelines to using the RST System, communication procedures and good phone operating guidelines.
ARRL Emergency Reference Information Card : Includes Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) operating guidelines, with room to record important telephone numbers and net schedules.
Red Cross Amateur Radio Operator Intake Form : This form may be used by Amateur Radio operators who are working on behalf of the American Red Cross.