Amateur Radio Emergency Services Association (ARES)



North Florida Section (NFL) Communication Plan:   (Plan)

Sumter County ARES Communication Plan  (being developed, due by October 1)


The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.  Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in ARES.  The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve.  Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership.  The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.


The Sumter County Amateur Radio Emergency Service is committed to providing reliable Amateur Radio communications support to the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, Office of Emergency Management and municipalities within the county.  Missions may be assigned to this unit in situations of an emergency nature or natural disaster anywhere within Sumter County or adjacent counties. Additionally, Sumter County ARES may participate in non-emergency events as requested by event organizers, provided the services requested are within the unit's capabilities and in compliance with Federal Communications  Commission Part 97 Rules.

Served agencies are grouped as follows where Level 1 does not have any membership requirements other than becoming an ARES member.  Level 2 organizations all require a criminal background check and some have ICS training requirements.

  • Non-profit organizations (Level 1)

  • Non-profit: The Villages Hospital (Level 2)

  • Municipalities: The Villages Public Safety (Level 2)

  • County Emergency Organizations: County Emergency Mgt/RACES/ACS  (Level 2)




 Last Update:  09/15/2016    Copyright Sumter County ARES. All Rights Reserved.