The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®), a program of ARRL®, the national association for Amateur Radio, is comprised of organized, trained, and identified Amateur Radio operators who augment and support vital communications on behalf of the public through partner agencies and organizations during emergencies and disasters.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service, through its volunteer radio communicators, strives to be an effective partner in emergency and disaster response, providing public service partners at all levels with radio communications expertise, capability, and capacity.

Jackson County ARES® serves primarily Jackson County Missouri, but may be available to assist in emergencies or disasters in other counties and states.

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.