The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is sponsored and organized under the auspices of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) (See ARES).  The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) (See RACES) is sponsored by the Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management (YCOEM).

In Yavapai County, ARES and RACES are combined into a single organization in order to provide the most flexibility when dealing with an emergency situation.  As ARES, we participate in emergency situations prior to the official declaration of an emergency and when the emergency is declared, we become RACES.

You can find the process to join ARES/RACES here:  The Process and the Paperwork.  In order to participate with ARES/RACES, you must pass some online courses (See Basic Training Requirements).

When you have submitted documentation verifying completion of the courses listed in Basic Training Requirements, you will be issued a badge which will allow you to participate in actual incidents.

There is more information on how Yavapai County ARES/RACES is organized on other pages on this web site (See Organization).  If you have further questions about ARES/RACES, please contact the District Emergency Coordinator, Bud Semon, N7CW.