Ares Activation Plans
ARES' principle support for an emergency situation is to
provide an alternative communication channel for emergency
services agencies. This is the primary support requirement.
Other optional support activates due to the mobile
communications capabilities or ARES members may be requested
but are performed at the discretion of that ARES member and
will not influence their membership in ARES if declined.
Some activates such as weather spotting may over lap
and an ARES member can perform each of these duties without
conflict to either agency.
At any time any ARES member may activate the ARES net for any
emergency or threat to public safety. This does not establish
a state of emergency for Madison County but provides a means
to discuss and evaluate the current situation and potentially
prepare for an upcoming situation. Examples of the condition
are a known tornado or severe weather damage in Madison
county, a train accident, a major fire or any similar
At any time an ARES member may call a Net to test activation
procedures, propagation or bandwidth usage. Example of this is
the testing of our simplex communication or testing the use of
An emergency activation shall come from the Director of
Emergency Management or their assistant for any official
emergency activation. An activation must be accompanied by a
written activation order signed by the Director or their
designee within 24 hours of activation. Notice of activation
can be made by email, text alert, telephone or voice command.
ARES shall respond to any activation on a State or Federal
level when issued by the Florida Division of Emergency
Management or issued by the Federal Emergency Management
Agency. An activation may be made without direct
communications to the Emergency Management team but should be
validated through multiple sources.
Go to nearest safe place, if possible a location with
Assure the safety of you and your family
Once safe, log into the Net. The first person who is on
frequency shall take the roll of Net Control and maintain a
list of available stations. At anytime the Net Control
operator may turn over Net Control to another ARES member. A
log must be maintained once the net is activated.
Log in each operator and obtain the following information:
- Call sign
- Electrical power status
- Extended operating capabilities
- Available operating modes and frequencies
Net Control shall attempt to establish communications
with the Emergency Operations Center once the Net has started
operation. Communications with the operations center may be
communicated by radio, either Net or Official frequencies or
by phone. If communications cannot be established, Net Control
shall determine which Ares member has the safest capability to
reach the EOC to establish communication with the director.
Once the Director has been contacted, an action plan will
An action plan shall be maintained by all activated
members of ARES. A plan will contain all activates and
locations where the ARES member provides service to the
emergency team. Below are links to resources that will be
needed in any activation:
A record of the emergency as stated by the director and the required support from ARES as required by the EOC.
A record of the ARES Members responding to the emergency.
A record of any passed communications formal or informal
Potential Action Scenarios Distribution of resources
Establish alternative modes of communication
Resources Frequencies and Repeaters Emergency Services Locations
Outside Emergency contacts
Forms and manuals