Amateur Radio Emergency Service

SC4ARES (SC4 Amateur Radio Emergency Services) consists of licensed amateurs in the South Coast, South County area [of San Mateo County] who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment with their local ARES® leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

SC4ARES is supported by the SC4 Amateur Radio Club. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training is required to participate fully in SC4ARES.

Please use one of the links below to contact an Emergency Coordinator to request more 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. “ARES®” and “Amateur Radio Emergency Service®” are registered service marks of the American Radio Relay League, Incorporated and are used by permission.

ARES Leadership

ARES Membership

There are three levels of ARES membership.

SC4ARES requirements for Level 1 are:

  1. Completion of registration form - ARRL Registration Form

  2. Completion of Task Book - ARES Training Task Book

  3. Completion of Online FEMA course ICS100c ICS-100c Course

  4. Serve as Net Control at one or more Monday night Nets per year

  5. ARES Go Bag prepared and ready

Essential ARES Resources

The SC4ARES Field Operating Guide, the ARRL ARES Manual and other Information about ARES and how to be radio ready for a disaster can be found on the ARES Public Folder HERE. The Field Guide includes the Coastside Emergency Comm Plan, organizational structure of ARES, emergency communication protocols, regional maps and much more.

Recent ARES Activations

  • CZU Lightning Fire of August 16, 2020. Twenty-seven ARES operators participated in the staffing of the DOC (Department Operation Center) at the La Honda Fire Brigade. They provided essential communications with the Chief, the firefighters, the EOC (Emergency Operation Center) and with residents for 24 hours a day, for a total of 220 hours (612 person hours).

  • January, 2021, SC4ARES teams assisted law enforcement and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) with evacuation orders in Whitehouse Canyon, Dearborn, Gazos Creek, and parts of Loma Mar due to debris flows.

  • November, 2021, ARES operators staffed the DOC for 48 hours during potential evacuations in the same areas due to debris flows. This included a mobile station at Whitehouse Canyon, staffed for 24 hours.

  • There have been five ARES activations due to PSPS or extended power outage events in the past two years. Some of these required the staffing of the DOC for multiple days; others for one or two days.

  • November, 2022, ARES operators assisted the County and CERT members in the distribution of water to areas that were affected by a broken water line.

  • December 31, 2022 - January 1, 2023, the DOC was activated due to a severe winter storm.

  • January 4 - 5, 2023, the DOC was activated due to a severe winter storm. A TEP (Temporary Evacuation Point) was also staffed at the Pescadero High School.

  • January 8 - 10, 2023, the DOC was activated again due to a severe winter storm. Once again, the TEP at Pescadero High School was opened.

  • January 15, 2023, the DOC was activated for a short period of time due to power and communication outages in the area.

"ARES®” and “Amateur Radio Emergency Service®” are registered servicemarks of the American Radio Relay League, Incorporated and are used by permission.