ARES, which stands for Amateur Radio Emergency Services, handles health and welfare traffic for hospitals and the Red Cross. During the fire we were in contact with Fallbrook Hospital and the Red Cross evacuation center at the Fallbrook High School. We were also in communications with the Red Cross in San Diego.
Some of us are members of both organizations and have had training in both.
This is why our Tuesday night nets are so important. During these
nets we give out information as to where and when the training sessions
are to be held and also upcoming events in which Fallbrook operators will
be utilized. The nets also give us a sense of whom we can call on in
case of an emergency. The last and most important reason
is that we are all testing our equipment each and every week to make sure
that our equipment is reliable.
If you want further information on these two organizations please call me at 760-723-1954.