ARES Information

Jackson County ARES provides support to the Jackson County EMA and other public service agencies during disaster situations. ARES Members volunteer their time and equipment to establish vital communications between public service agencies, hospitals, and other organizations deemed vital by the EMA when normal communication systems fail. ARES is primarily activated due to severe weather situations however can be activated for other situations at the request of the Jackson County EMA.

If you are interested in becoming active with Jackson County ARES please fill out this ARES Registration Form and someone will be in contact with you very soon. You may also contact anyone listed below if you have any questions. There are no dues or membership fees and the only requirements to become an ARES Member are being active in Amateur Radio and willing to volunteer when possible.

Jackson County ARES Emergency Coordinator

Richard Arnold – KB4RMA

Jackson County ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinators

Joshua Brooks – W3JKB

Michael Dunn – KZ4BK

ARES Documents

Jackson County ARES Operations Manual – download

ARES Training Net Preamble – download

ARES Training Net Log Sheet – download

ARES Emergency Net Preamble – download

Alabama ARES State Emergency Operations Plan – download

FEMA NIMS Training for ARES

ARES Members are encouraged to complete the following online FEMA training courses. These courses are free, open-book style, and should take a couple of hours to complete. Please contact KK4UWF or K4NHA if you have completed these or have any questions. It is recommended to complete the courses in the order show below:

IS-100.b – Introduction to Incident Command System

IS-700.a – National Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction

IS-200.b – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

IS-800.b – National Response Framework – An Introduction