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Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

Amateur Radio operators during and after disasters provide organized communications networks for governmental and emergency officials as well as for private citizens affected by a disaster. Amateur Radio becomes a strong and in some cases the only communications link when regular means of communications are damaged or failed.

Radio Amateurs also handle health and welfare traffic for the general public. In situations where telephone service is down, messages will be sent via traffic networks which are then relayed to the affected areas and to its intended destination. Amateur Radio operators also provide communications for non-emergency events such as parades and various types of marathons.

ARES LogoThe Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a corps of trained Amateur Radio operator volunteers organized to assist in public service and emergency communications. It is organized and sponsored by the American Radio Relay League and the Radio Amateurs of Canada. 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. Amateur radio provides a means of communication "when all else fails". Minnesota ARES

RACES LogoRadio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a protocol created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC Part 97, Section 407). Many government agencies across the country train their Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) volunteers using the RACES protocol. The volunteers serve their respective jurisdictions pursuant to guidelines and mandates established by local emergency management officials.


SKYWARNMany radio amateurs participate in the SKYWARN Program. SKYWARN is a nationwide network of volunteer weather spotters who report to and are trained by the National Weather Service. These spotters report weather conditions that are threatening in nature which includes many forms of significant or severe weather such as Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Hail, Heavy Snow, or Flooding. The National Weather Service uses this information along with RADAR and other input for determining when and where warnings are issued.

Metro SKYWARN - Serving the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Metro Area in Minnesota.