ARRL Board of Directors' Committee Seeks Input for Proposed ARES Plan:
The ARRL Letter
August 9, 2018
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ARRL Board of Directors' Committee Seeks Input for Proposed ARES Strategic Plan:
Following up on an ARRL Board of Directors directive at its July
meeting, the Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) has
contacted all ARRL Section Managers (SMs) and Section Emergency
Coordinators (SECs) seeking comments and suggestions regarding the
proposed ARES Strategic Plan
via an online form. The deadline is October 31, in order to give the
PSEWG sufficient time to review the comments and suggestions, formulate
any necessary revisions, and submit the revised document to the Board
for consideration at its January meeting.
Created in 1935, ARES has undergone very few changes over the years,
while the agencies ARES serves have undergone many. The PSEWG evaluated
the ARES program for 2 years and drafted several proposed enhancements
aimed at updating the program.
The ARES Strategic Plan introduces changes and a platform for future
growth. For many, this will represent a major paradigm shift; for
others, it will formalize many of the requirements they have employed
routinely for several years.
An independent team of individuals experienced in ARES and emergency
work from across the US has reviewed the proposed plan. Their
suggestions and recommendations were carefully considered, and many
were included in the plan during its development.
Now, the ARRL Board wants SMs and SECs to have the opportunity to offer
comments on the recommended changes prior to implementation of the
plan. While SMs and SECs are invited to reach out to their Emergency
Coordinators (ECs) for their thoughts and feedback, formal responses
must be submitted through SMs and SECs.
The PSEWG asks SMs an SECs to keep their comments respectful, concise,
and on point, and to keep in mind that the ARES framework must remain
as close to universal as possible, even while participants in some
geographical areas may require specific training that others do not
need. Mutual aid pacts may require training specific to adjacent
Also, SMs and SECs are reminded that specific agency agreements and
needs must be honored. Those having concerns about a proposed new
policy are requested to offer alternatives.
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