GCARES formerly had two membership categories: Active and Reserve.
Active members were committed to regular participation in meeting, training, drills and other on-going activities and constituted the core group of prepared and ready-to-respond personnel.
Reserve members were those who were willing to provide communication support in the event of a disaster or other emergency situation, but prefered not to participate in meetings, training, drills and other activities on a regular basis.
The new ARES structure which GCARES will use after Jan.1, 2019, has three levels of participation.
All members start at this level until confirmation is received that they have completed the four basic NIMS (ICS) courses (IS-100, 200, 700 & 800). At this level you can participate in public service activities such as parade, races, festival and similar events. Some agencies, however, may require Level 2 for operating in their EOCs. To take any of the online courses go to the FEMA training pages.
We hope that most GCARES members will eventually achieve this level. This means that you have completed all of the above courses, and you are competent operating within the Incident Command Structure. It also means that you will be eligible to sign up for the Ohio Responds which provides state liability protection. For more information go to the Ohio Responds page on the Ohio ARES site.
This is the ARES Management Level required for E.C.'s, D.E.C.'s and higher but anyone can qualify.This level requires the completion all Level 2 requirements, plus the additional NIMS (ICS) courses (IS-300 & 400). The five full time on site days required for 300 & 400 might present a problem for some. As an alternative the requirement can be met by completing IS 120, 230, 240, 241, 242, 244 and 288.
GCARES members must be registered online with ARES Connect.
If you have already registered be sure to check your online information to make sure it is correct. You can click here to go direct to ARES Connect. If you have not registered or are a new applicant for ARES membership click here for registration instructions. If you need more information about ARES or help registering or if you are registered and have found errors please contact Membership AEC Liz Klinc, KE8FMJ for assistance.
GCARES is NOT a club. GCARES does not collect DUES!
You do not need to be a member of ARRL or any of the Greene County Ham Clubs to be a member of GCARES, although many GCARES members are also members of ARRL and/or one or more clubs.
73, Henry Ruminski, W8HJR, GCARES Emergency Coordinator.
For more information about ARES you can also contact the EC or any member.
Last updated 12/12/18 Back to GCARES page.