A.C.A.R.E.S. stands for Arapahoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Services. We are one of the largest and fastest growing ARES groups in the state of Colorado. We are proud of the service we provide and are always looking for good people and new opportunities to serve our community. To see our upcoming events view our Calendar.
Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month
November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month. This observance recognizes the important role critical infrastructure plays in our nation’s way of life and why it is important to expand and reinforce critical infrastructure security and resilience.
Critical infrastructure is the physical or virtual assets, systems, and networks that are vital to the security, national economic security, and national public health and safety of the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security has ways you can get involved throughout the month, including:
- Share stories and information about your efforts to support infrastructure security and resilience with your customers, constituents, partners, residents, and employees through newsletters, websites, emails, blog posts, and tweets;
- Reinforce the role your organization or office plays in infrastructure security and resilience by incorporating references to Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month in speaking engagements and events;
- Download the Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month Toolkit to help promote awareness; and
- Download and print the Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month fact sheet for your event, office, or friends.
ACARES Google Calendar
We have an online calendar for your reference that you can view or print out.
GoKit Presentation in PDF
As mentioned on the net this morning the GoKit PDF file is located at the bottom of the Admin -> ARES and COLORADO ARES FORMS page. The direct link for it is here: GoKit.pdf
Skywarn Frequency Map
We believe thanks to Tim @ Skyview Weather here is JPEG graphic of the Denver Metro and northern Colorado Counties and the applicable Skywarn Frequencies that you can print and keep with you. If you have any trouble downloading/viewing this image please e-mail Webmaster. Link to Skywarn Frequency Map
Alert Messages and their definitions
We have been using the following Alerts via SMS and E-mail and thought a refresher/reminder would be good:
- Alert 1 – Pre-activation Alert – Prepare for possible Stand-By mode to occur within 24 hours or less.
- Alert 2 – ARES Stand-By Alert – ACARES has been requested to be prepared for possible activation by the served agency(ies), within 12 hours.
- Alert 3 –ARES Activation Alert – ACARES members are requested to respond based on the request or guidance of the served agency, within 1 hour.
- Alert 4 – Change in Activation – A change in directions or directives by the served agency redirecting ACARES members to another assignment(s). Always acknowledge this message with Net Control by radio or phone.
- Alert 5 – Cancellation Notification – The Stand-By or activation mode for ACARES has been cancelled. Always acknowledge this message and check out with Net Control when going off the air.
As always please reach out to any of the officers or me, EC at Arapahoe County ARES, if you have any questions.
Zones - Revisited April, 2015
Recently during our Weather Nets and other training's you have probably heard Net Control say he or she will take check ins by "Zones." The Zones they are referring to are as follows:
1. North of the Hampden Avenue Line and west of I-225
2. North of the Hampden Avenue Line and east of I-225
3. South of the Hampden Avenue Line and west of South Parker Road
4. South of the Hampden Avenue Line and east of South Parker Road
5. All areas east of Watkins Road
In the list above, each number is assigned to the Zone it describes. It is important that you know which Zone you are located in when calling in. Your information, particularly from weather nets, is conveyed back to the Sheriff's Department and our other served agencies in this geographical way to help them better understand the situation. A link to an annotated map is located in the Weather Links side bar. If you have any questions please let one of the Leadership Team members know. Their e-mail addresses can be found via the Leadership link on the menu above.
146.640 Live Feed
The 146.640 Live Feed is online again. Our new house offers excellent coverage without the need for an external antenna so this will stay up "Live" during inclement weather. The link is here and can be found at the bottom of the Weather Links Module on the right side of this page. If I lose utility power the feed will go down and not come back up so let me know, EC at Arapahoe County ARES, if you find it offline or have any questions or comments.