The Big Picture of the Emergency Environment

At the time of a disaster or emergency the normal government emergency services, like Fire, Rescue, Police and Emergency Management organizations, will shift into the emergency mode as defined for government agencies by FEMA.

At the same time, the volunteer emergency service organizations such as American Red Cross, Salvation Army, ARES, etc will shift into the emergency mode as defined by the FEMA Citizen Corp. These two groups of emergency service organizations, government and volunteer, then seamlessly combine their operations during the disaster or emergency.

This website examines the hierarchy of these organizations and their authorities. It draws from the study, a way to expand the potential number of ARES Served Agencies and the services that ARES should perform for them.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
This information is extracted from the FEMA website
FEMA was created by presidential order in 1979. "FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards".

FEMA defines the organizational, operational and communications infrastructure to be used in a disaster or emergency. Defines separate government and volunteer (Public Service) paths to organizational, operational and communications infrastructure. (more)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
This information is extracted from the FCC website
The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the commission is the United States' primary authority for communications law, regulation and technological innovation. (more)

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
This information is extracted from the ARRL website
ARRL hosts a Public Service department which addresses the .

ARES is that part of ARRL that addresses the Public Service communications.

Not converntional HAM.

Allied with the DHS - 6 Citizen Corps Partner Programs.

12 ARRL MOUs include ARC, Citizen Corps, FEMA, Salvation Army Observes Govt/Public Service differentiation. Govt uses 800Mhz, volunters use HF/VHF? Delegated the task of managing amateur radio service, bands, frequencies and operations by the FCC.
ARES is the ARRL functional organization to provide Public Service communications for disasters and emergencies.
Implicit and explicit agreements and MOUs provide a wide framework of emergency communications available for support from ARRL (more)

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
This information is extracted from the ARRL.ARES website
public service , emergency communications.
Use ARRL implicit and explicit agreements and MOUs to expand Served Agencies in volunteer sector.
Use five pillars of ARRL to define services to be provided in supporting Served Agencies.
Govt agencies can use ARES trained personnel as volunteers within their operations. (more)

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