Arkansas ARES COVID-19 Status

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Arkansas ARES COVID-19 Status

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Arkansas ARES Members,

As individuals and as ARES members, we should always maintain situational awareness and take responsibility for our personal safety, the safety of our families and those we are in close contact with, and make informed decisions. This is especially true during the current public health crisis.

At this time, Arkansas ARES Section Leadership is unaware of any deployments or requests of members in support of county EOC operations.
There is always the potential for activations.
Currently there are no know communication issues within the state.
However there is some news being reported of Telephone and Cellular Phone Service issues in some areas of the country.

Be informed! The Centers for Disease Control website has information regarding COVID-19. The CDC COVID-19 provides information regarding:
- Protecting Yourself
- What to do if you believe you are sick
- Symptoms
- High-Risk Groups
- Frequently Asked Questions (very comprehensive)

The CDC COVID-19 website can be found
at A local source of information is the Arkansas Department of Health
(ADH): ... oronavirus

As every deployment and situation is unique, there is no blanket safety guideline from ARRL or Arkansas ARES beyond “YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.” Stay informed and situationally aware.

The ARES Field Services Manual published by the ARRL does state:
1. Check that you and your family are safe and secure before you respond as an ARES volunteer.
2. Check that your property is safe and secure before you respond as an ARES volunteer.
3. If nets are activated, monitor your assigned District ARES emergency net frequency.
4. Follow the instructions you receive from the Regional or District ARES officials in charge of the above frequency.
5. Contact your local Emergency Coordinator, or his/her designee, for further instructions

Before accepting a deployment:
- Understand if you or people you come in contact with at home are in a higher risk group for COVID-19:
- Older Adults
- People with serious chronic medical conditions (examples include, but are not limited to):
- Heart Disease
- Diabetes
- Lung Disease
- Understand the mission or assignment:
- Where will you be assigned
- Who will you be in contact with
- What is the anticipated duration of the assignment

If you choose to deploy and feel you are placed in a situation in which you feel unsafe or there is an unacceptable risk:
- Calmly describe the unsafe condition or risk to your supervisor (served agency and/or ARES District Emergency Coordinator)
- To the extent possible, identify and suggest safe alternatives for mitigating the risk to allow completion of your assignment
- This may include declining the assignment if there is no alternative way to manage the risk
- Always inform your ARES District Emergency Coordinator if they are not already involved

Arkansas ARES Districts: ... ordinators
Should there be activation of ARES in your District, please:
1. Record the Mission Details
- What
i. Mission
ii. How many deployed
- Where
i. County or City
ii. Agency or Organization Supported
- When
2. Provide this deployment information to your Section Emergency Coordinator and/or Section Manager
3. Track Time per Member
- Time In/Time Out
- Hours per Day

Monitor the established activation notification pathways for your Region/District and follow instructions from your Emergency Coordinators.
Thank you for your ARES membership and service.

J Ferguson
Arkansas Section Manager

ARRL Arkansas Section
Section Manager: James D Ferguson Jr, N5LKE

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