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Welcome to the Columbia County ARES program!
The primary partner we support is the Columbia County Emergency Management. Members who meet all requirements and accept a preassignment for deployment to a local shelter will be issued an ID card. All other amateur radio operators may participate as ARES® operators from their home unless deployed through another agency such as American Red Cross, Salvation Army, MARS, etc. Locally, in Columbia County, all ARES members who desire to participate in emergency deployments for county shelters or the Emergency Operations Center must meet the basic requirement of at least the IS-100, IS-700, and pass a level 2 background check. Hams who wish to be called up as mutual aid communications resources for regional, statewide, or national deployments will also need IS-200 and IS-800 certifications.

CARES Application

FEMA Student ID
ICS Online classes
ARRL Online classes

Band Plan
Area Nets

October Simulated Emergency Test 2021

Links to read the plan and register to participate on our EmComm page.

Field Day 2021

As always Field Day is the last full weekend of June.

Read the updated plan here.
View the planned layout here.

Hurricane Season

NOAA predicts another active Atlantic hurricane season

May 20, 2021--NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forcasters predict a 60% chance of an above normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season.However, experts do not anticipate the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020.
Read rest of story here.
Watch this video summary of the Outlook.

National Forcast Chart:

National Weather Service Jacksonville
Latest Weather Briefing
Upcoming Virtual Storm Spotter Classes - Register Here

Tropical Weather Outlook:


  • Columbia Amatuer Radio Society

  • Columbia County Emergency Management

  • Columbia County Alert

  • ARRL - North Florida ARES

  • Florida Division of Emergency Management

  • Hurricane Watch Net