There are no dues or membership fees associated with being part of ARES, just an interest in Public Service and a willingness to train and participate in activities supporting Emergency Communications. Members must complete a minimum level of training and regularly participate in activities to achieve Deployable status and receive an official Gwinnett ARES Photo ID recognized by Gwinnett County Emergency Management. Upon achieving Deployable status, a member can be assigned to field communications and support positions during an event or emergency. To become a deployable member of ARES, the following training and activities must be completed.
- Successful completion of Gwinnett ARES Basic Skills course or ARRL EmComm EC-001 course (see Training page)
- If you want to take the test for your county, please follow the instructions on the test page.
- Completion of the FEMA online courses IS-100b and IS-700a
- Ongoing participation in ARES activities such as monthly meetings, nets, public service events, training and other events (Participation in at least one activity every 90 days is required).
- Once requirements have been met, participation in at least two field events per calendar year are required to maintain Deployable status.
After submitting the Online Application Form, Gwinnett County People may complete the Gwinnett ARES Basic Skills Online Test.
Nets: Gwinnett County ARES meets on the AIR weekly with a training net each Monday night at 8:30 PM on the GARS [147.075+, PL 82.5] repeater. Everyone is welcome to join the net.
Meetings: Gwinnett County ARES has a meeting once a month at the Gwinnett Emergency Operations Center, 800 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville. The meeting starts at 7:30 PM local time with a talk-in available on the GARS 2 meter repeater [147.075+ MHz – PL 82.5].