Auxiliary Communications Service / Amateur Radio Civil Emergency Service / Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Federal Emergency Management Agency / Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s (PEMA) Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) is a volunteer-based emergency communications reserve program that has both operational and educational components. ACS offers exciting ongoing and technically diverse training to its members. The ACS program was created by PEMA to supplement its emergency communications with unpaid staff. Skilled and dedicated people, licensed and unlicensed, can be recruited to serve in one or more of four categories: administrative, management, technical, and operations.
One service within the amateur radio services that uses amateur stations during periods of emergencies is known as the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, or RACES. To transmit in RACES, an amateur station must be certified and registered by a civil defense organization or an FCC-licensed RACES station. RACES is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and acts as a communications group of the government. Registered members of RACES are authorized to respond when a civil defense organization requests amateur radio assistance. Typically these activities occur during periods of local, regional or national civil emergencies such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods or wildfires. RACES stations may only communicate with specified stations [47CFR 97.407(c), (d)].
ARES was created by the ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League). The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.
ARES® Mission Statement
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a program of the ARRL, offers to its partners at all levels, trained Amateur Radio Service licensees who are skilled in the use of a wide range of emergency and disaster communications techniques and who are committed to supporting our partners’ missions in service to the public.
ARES® Vision Statement
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®), a program of ARRL, The national association for Amateur Radio®, is comprised of organized, trained, and identified Amateur Radio operators who augment and support vital communications on behalf of the public through partner agencies and organizations during emergencies and disasters. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service, through its volunteer radio communicators, strives to be an effective partner in emergency and disaster response, providing public service partners at all levels with radio communications expertise, capability, and capacity.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, 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 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 program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.
How to Get Involved in ARES: Fill out the ARES Registration form and submit it to your local Emergency Coordinator.
See the drop down for your local county EC – Emergency Coordinator, under the ‘EMCOMM’ tab of this web site.
Delaware (DE), Eastern Pennsylvania (EPA), Maryland-DC (MDC), Northern New York (NNY), Southern New Jersey (SNJ), Western New York (WNY) and Western Pennsylvania (WPA).
ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section ARES®
The EPA Section is part of the Atlantic Division of the ARRL and is made up of thirty four counties in the eastern part of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and serves over 3800 ARRL members within those counties.
- Eastern Pennsylvania— the counties of Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northhampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming, York
ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section ARES®
The WPA Section is part of the Atlantic Division of the ARRL and is made up of thirty three counties in the western part of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and serves over ____ ARRL members within those counties.
- Western Pennsylvania— the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland
ARRL ARES® Resources
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATOR INDIVIDUAL TASK BOOK <<< Training Requirements
ARRL ARES® Field Resources Manual
Example Message Form for Reference
ARRL Numbered Radiograms FSD-3
New ARRL ARES® Manual
ARES® General Voice Operating Procedures
IARU Emergency Telecommunications Manual
ARRL NTS Messaging Practices Guide
FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA ICS Forms – downloadable, fill-able .pdf forms
PEMA – Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
PEMA ACS: https://www.pemaauxcom.org/
Website that will have the most up-to-date Information
PEMA Regional Task Forces Map – 8 Regions statewide