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We would like to invite you to join our ARES® organization. There is no cost to join, just complete a ARES® application and submit to the EC Robert Herron/KD5UAD and complete the 2 online NIMS courses. As a member you are volunteering your time and equipment in case of a emergency in Polk County or a call for assistance from a neighboring city or county. The Polk County ARES, is part of the South Texas Section, District 2 of the National ARRL organization. We would like for you to also join the ARRL at a cost, by not required. The South Texas Section has a Section Emergency Coordinator who is in charge of the 14 districts. Each district has a district Emergency Coordinator (DEC) and each county is assigned a Emergency Coordinator (EC).


We assist the Polk County Emergency Management and other organizations with emergency communications if an emergency would happen. All ARES® operations must be coordinated be the EC or his assistant, as we do not respond to any scene of an emergency.  We also participate in other public service events.


State and Federal laws,mandates, anyone involved in any type of emergency or organization, paid or volunteer, be required to study and test for the minimum requirements of National Incident Management System. NIMS.

The minimum requirements for ARES is IS100.b and IS700.a. These courses are online courses and on completion a link will be sent by email to print your certificate. This link or certificate need to be put on file with the Polk County EC Robert Herron/KD5UAD.


The South Texas Section organization has a website to register your training and equipment. This database list your equipment and training and must be approved by your EC.


I look forward to you joining us and helping us if the need would arise.


Robert Herron


Polk County Emergency Coordinator




ARES/RACES Emergency Frequencies


All Sections statewide:
3.873.00 LSB Texas ARES
3.910.00 LSB Central Texas Emergency
3.935.00 LSB Texas ARES Health & Welfare
3.975.00 LSB Texas RACES Alternate
7.240.00 LSB Texas Emergency
7.248.00 LSB Texas RACES Primary
7.250.00 LSB Texas Emergency
7.273.00 LSB Texas ARES Alternate
7.285.00 LSB Texas ARES Emergency Day
7.290.00 LSB Texas ARES Health & Welfare


South Section: 
3.955.00 LSB South Texas Emergency


West Section:
3.922.00 LSB Big Bend Emergency Net (WTX Emergency Net)

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