Alachua County ARES/RACES

Gainesville, Florida

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Local Organizations:
GARS, K4GNV
GARC, W4DFU
Alachua CERT
Northern Florida District
Florida SERT

National Organizations:
ARRL
ARES
RACES
FCC Amateur Service
CERT
DART

Mission Statement:

The Alachua County ARES/RACES mission is to develop and maintain the leadership and organizational structure necessary to provide radio communications support to emergency management agencies and other public service agencies in and around the Alachua County area of North Florida.

When conventional communications are inadequate to meet the public safety or humanitarian needs

When Amateur radio resources may help facilitate response or recovery in any emergency situation

When lives and property can be protected

When human suffering can be relieved

When amateur radio resources may help facilitate effective activities performed for the good of the general public

Whenever and wherever it becomes necessary, so no community in need goes without essential communication.

Principles:

Alachua County ARES®/RACES strives to enhance the reliability, quality, and professionalism of Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service personnel through the establishment of training and performance standards, policies, procedures, management, and supervision of amateur radio operators registered with this organization who may be activated to provide communications on behalf of the served agencies and clients requesting our assistance.

Vision:

Alachua ARES®/RACES pledges a commitment to preparedness and service in protection of public health, safety and welfare by encouraging innovative leadership and individual responsibility, which enhances the reliability and excellence of amateur radio emergency communications. We motivate amateur radio operators to excel in all facets of emergency communications and recognize those who exemplify our EmComm philosophy.

Values:

Alachua County ARES®/RACES members reflect the following qualities and personal values:

We are responsible and accountable

We demonstrate integrity and initiative

We are truthful and respectful of those we serve

We are, above all, dependable and trustworthy

We strive to become integrated members of action teams

We strive to maintain personal growth throughout all activities

We are competent to perform our assigned duties and responsibilities.