SrqAres Mission Statement
Sarasota County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) is a volunteer organization of skilled Amateur Radio operators, licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who provide non-commercial emergency communication services during emergencies and disasters as a public service to the American Red Cross and the Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center and other public and private service agencies in Sarasota County Florida.
ATTENTION: Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) has changed to an ARRL affiliated Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) for Sarasota County as of January 2019. Sarasota County continues to support the importance of ham radio in their organization. There will be no change in our commitment to Sarasota County.
Who Makes Up SRQARES?
Membership is open to all licensed, Sarasota County Amateur Radio operators dedicated to volunteering their time, equipment, and skills for emergency communications needs. This reserve of volunteers, working as one organization, provides communications for Sarasota County Emergency Management. Anyone, regardless of club or other Amateur Radio affiliations, with a sincere interest and desire to help the community with its emergency communication needs, is invited to become a part SRQARES.
Members are needed to fill all of the positions identified below for this organization. Most importantly, we need a member to step forward as the Emergency Coordinator (EC).