ARES Fundamentals

Typical Duties

This is the core competency for all ARES members.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Valid Technician class or higher Amateur Radio License
  • Valid California Driver’s License or California State-issued ID card
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Willing to be deployed outside your own city/county
  • Be able to work 12 hour shifts when deployed

Required Training

Continued Eligibility

  • Participate in Monday night nets at least twice a month
  • Attend at least six (6) ARES meetings in a given year
  • Participate in at least one activation or event each year