Prior to 1998, Yavapai County had two ARES groups and one RACES group all serving the same purpose. This meant three different nets and an overlap in several areas. It was decided in early 1998 to organize as YAVAPAI COUNTY ARES/RACES and enroll all members into one group with dual membership. This group would work directly with and through the Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management (YCOEM) in providing emergency communications. Through the YCOEM, ARES/RACES also coordinates closely with the different cities and relief organizations in the county. Yavapai County ARES/RACES currently has a database of over 75 members enrolled throughout the county. There is a staff of one ARES District Emergency Coordinator and RACES Radio Officer, one Asst. District Emergency Coordinator and Asst. RACES Radio Officer, and four Emergency Coordinator/Asst. Radio Officers serving in different areas within Yavapai County. Permanent equipment installations are located in the Yavapai County Emergency Operating Center (EOC) along with other EOC locations in cities throughout Yavapai County. A fully equipped Emergency Communications Van is maintained and based at the YCOEM for deployment where needed.

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