Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)

Skagit County ARES/RACES

For more information about our local ARES organization, please visit their website HERE

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)   

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed Amateur Radio operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment with their local ARES leadership for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Learn more about ARES at the ARRL.

Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)

You can learn more about RACES HERE.

ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed Amateur Radio operator, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.  Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES.  Please inquire at the local level for specific information.  Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed Amateur Radio operators are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

How to Get Involved in ARES

Fill out the ARES Registration form and email your form to,

or visit the Join ARES page for more information.