ARES Connect is a nationwide effort to manage ARES memberships and participation, as part of the 2019 Strategic Plan. The goal is to give a more comprehensive overview of amateur radio capability in public service to all interested served agencies. Members can retain their training credentials when they move to a new area, and verify their merit and participation even when assisting with events outside their county. Instructions for various tasks follow.The ARES Connect portal can be accessed at https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/epa
ARES Connect for Members
- The first step is to either create an account, or log in to your existing account. The icons for both are at the upper right corner of the screen.
Click here for instructions on creating an account.
It is incredibly important, when selecting a username, to use your Amateur Radio call sign as your username.
- Most members begin as Level 1. This level has no training requirement beyond your amateur radio license; but all members are encouraged to continue operational training to improve their knowledge and skills.
- Level 2 members will have completed ARRL EC-001, and FEMA IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800. This level of training is expected for any member interested in an emergency event field deployment.
- Level 3 members will have completed ARRL EC-016, and the associated FEMA courses (IS-120, IS-230, IS-240, IS-241, IS-242, IS-244, and IS-288). This level of training is required for an EC-level appointment or above.
- Keeping track of training:
- As you complete training, you can track your progress with the ARES Task Book. A task book is simply a checklist of requirements for each ARES level, signed off by a recognized ARES leader. Many public service agencies use a similar tool in their own organizations, so it is something they are familiar with when evaluating the appropriateness of a volunteer to a situation.
- Keeping track of hours:
- One of the ways served agencies evaluate the reliability of an ARES organization as a whole is by the amount of time members commit to the organization.
ARES Connect for Coordinators
- Instructions for creating a future event.
- Instructions for creating an event which has already finished.
- Instructions for approving self-reported time.
- Instructions for seeing only your events.
- Instructions for managing exceptions to recurring events.
- Instructions for managing volunteer levels and groups.
Thank you to W.T. Jones, WN3LIF, for all of these.