About the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service ® (ARES ® ) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in the ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio service, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.
There are four levels of ARES organization–national, section, district and local. National emergency coordination at ARRL Headquarters is under the supervision of the ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager, who is responsible for advising all ARES officials regarding their problems, maintaining contact with federal government and other national officials concerned with amateur emergency communications potential, and in general with carrying out the League’s policies regarding emergency communications.
Two levels of membership are possible through SEARES. “General” membership is open to all radio amateurs and has no training, security, or responsibility requirements. “Credentialed” membership requires an application to South Dakota ARES and members must pass a background check, receive approval of the ARES organization and may require completion of training. Credentialed members are required by some served agencies, such as the American Red Cross.
To become a member of SEARES, visit the Become A Member page.