New York City District ARES is an all-volunteer organization encompassing all five NYC county ARES groups. We are affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL® the National Organization of Amateur Radio Operators), dedicated to providing Public Service radio communications by FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operators during times of emergency through our served agencies who include the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Brookdale University Hospital, and the National Weather Service’s Skywarn Program.
In addition to providing emergency backup communication support for our served agencies, we have provided Public Service Communications for:
- The New York City Marathon
- Community Mayors Operation Santa
- The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
- Hurricane Irene Disaster Relief Operations
- Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Operations
- Brooklyn Half Marathon
- The T.E.A.L. Run / Walk
- Turkey Trot
To further this goal we :
- Conduct drills and exercises throughout the year to enable our members to test their deployment and communications equipment capabilities for base, mobile and portable operations.
- Maintain effective working relationships among the five counties that comprise New York City District ARES ® through mutual aid operations, exercises, drills and activations .
- Provide, free of charge, our services to community organizations for special events such as parades, walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons and others that may require radio communications to train our members in activation procedures, deployment, net protocols and operations in real time emergency scenarios.
- Review and revise our procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness in responding to radio emergency communications operations.
- Strive to publicize ARES ® activities to increase public and governmental awareness of the group and its capabilities.
- Recruit and train new members on an ongoing basis.
- Provide VE sessions to administer FCC license testing for new licenses and license upgrades.