FLUME ARTICLE Submitted by EC Dan Kern W0DFU July 2017

One of ham radio’s proudest traditions is public service. Right here in Park County the tradition continues, these communication resources are still available. Through out radio history, time after time in natural and man-made disasters when normal communications unavailable, hams are here to provide needed emergency communications to connect the impacted areas to the rest of the world, affecting rescue, medical relief and assurance to the general public.

State and Federal organizations utilize ham radio operators on both sides of the emergency. For example, the Red Cross has connections with hams as well as the National agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Besides normal voice communications, Digital methods that connect computers to radios to send reports and requests as well as digital television may also be employed.

The Park County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) pronounced –(air ease) is now officially formed under a new and proactive and community oriented board of directors and staff. Under the State and National scheme, the Park County ARES may provide emergency radio communications for Park County and State in the event of a man made or natural disaster. The communications for the emergency services are utilized when the designed methods for agencies are not functional or satisfactory for the conditions or locations requireing communications.

The ARES teams consist of licensed hams who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, if you are a licensed ham or would like to become a licensed ham operator, and work with the Park County ARES, see the contact information below. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.

The ARES volunteers do not self activate in an emergency. The team is activated from the Park County Emergency Operation Center. In the ARES group, the adage that is used 努hen all else fails・ The Park County ARES team is here to assist the emergency services if ever requested.

The ARES group is currently seeking funding to provide the county emergency services and residence with a portable emergency station that can be deployed to where the emergency communications may be needed. Please consider a donation to the organiztion, the portable emergency communications may help you , a family member, a loved one or neighbor.

The Park County ARES is a 501c3 Non Profit organization, Charitable donations are tax deductible. Cash donations are always welcome, you can even donate a vehicle to the ARES group for a tax deduction. The ARES group will handle all of the towing efforts and coordination.

Visit the Park County ARES web page http://ares.ab0pc.org

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