Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)

arrl-aresThe 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.

Mason County ARES (MC-ARES)

The mission of the local MC-ARES organization and members is to establish and maintain the leadership and organizational infrastructure necessary to provide amateur radio communications in support of emergency management entities throughout Mason County.

MC-ARES can only be activated by the ARES Emergency Coordinator (E/C).

In Mason County, RACES members are combined with the ARES unit. The MC-DEM Communication Unit (CommU) is within the MC-ARES/RACES organization will act as RACES members if activated and work under the supervision of the MC-DEM Manager. For more information, contact Tom Dennis, MC-ARES E/C at

MC-ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in MC-ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership.

Download MC-ARES Membership requirements here: MC-ARES Requirements

How to Get Involved in ARES:

Fill out the ARES Registration form and submit it to your local Emergency Coordinator:

Tom Dennis / KA4VVA
PO Box 1511
Elma, WA 98541