Emergency Communications Services
Provided by Amateur Radio Operators
ARES -- Amateur Radio Emergency Service
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is composed of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communication duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, whether or not a member of ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership. The only qualification is a sincere desire to serve.
ACS -- Auxiliary Communications Service - Sponsored by the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office
Founded in 1952, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a protocol created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC Part 97, Section 407). RACES works principally at the local level through local and state civil defense agencies organized by state government to provide emergency communications in the event the FCC authorizes its use. In 2014, the Contra Costa County RACES organization became the Auxiliary Communicators Service (ACS), to better reflect its expanding scope of responsibilities.
Contra Costa County EmComm Nets
Central County 145.680 Simplex, Thursdays @ 7:00pm
East County 146.535 Simplex, Thursdays @ 7:00pm
South County 147.480 Simplex (77.0 PL), Thursdays @ 7:00pm
West County 145.110/- (82.5 PL), Thursdays @ 7:00pm
HF Net 3.893 MHz LSB, Thursdays @ 6:35 PM
ARRL Information & Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Other Organizations
Dept. of Homeland Security's Auxiliary Communications Field Operations Guide (AUX-FOG)
Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications
(A very good description of amateur radio's role in emergency communications.
Thankx to Ella Johnston and her mother Elaine for the suggestion.)
Northern California Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Organizations:
Kensington Amateur Radio Operators and El Cerrito Ham Operators (KARO-ECHO)
San Luis Obispo County Emergency Communications Council (SLOECC)
Shasta Tehama Amateur Radio Emergency Services (S.T.A.R.E.S.)
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Groups
Government Emergency Response Organizations:
Contra Costa County Sheriff's Emergency Services Support Unit/Volunteers