Amateur Radio Emergency Services

Columbia County ARES Mission Statement


The Columbia County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) unit is prepared to provide a quality back-up emergency communications system in response to the needs of the Columbia County Office of Emergency Management, and the people of Columbia County, Oregon.


We will maintain our volunteers and equipment in readiness for rapid deployment. We maintain the highest standards and expectations for member training and preparation, equipment maintenance, operating procedures and protocol.


If you are intereted in joining us to serve the citizens of Columbia County, please contact the Columbia County ARRL Emegency Coordinator (EC):


Ed Bodenlos





Where Will Volunteers be Needed?

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment with their local ARES leadership for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.


ARES Membership Requirements


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


Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES.  Please inquire at the local level for specific information.  Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.



  • Public Service Events:

    • Walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, parades, festivals and community events.

    • Time commitment is typically defined in advance.

    • Equipment is minimal; often you will only be asked to bring a hand-held radio.

    • Responsibilities may include supporting the communications needs of the community agency  such as crowd control efforts, first aid stations, parking, etc.

  • Localized Disaster:

    • Flooding, tornados, or any substantial weather event, where it might not disrupt major areas of communications, but there is still a need for communications to be set up

    • Search, rescue, and traffic needs during the local disaster.

    • Time commitment is less than a major disaster

    • Typically the volunteer would be part of an organization. The organization would have a pre-planned list of expectations and roles.

  • Major Disaster:

    • Wide-spread weather events, such as hurricane, tornados, snow storms, earthquakes.

    • A longer time commitment--several weeks to a few months.

    • Volunteers need to prepare their families for their absences.

    • In addition to personal Go Kits, volunteers may also need to bring their long-term Deployment Kits.