The Denton County Amateur Radio Association(DCARA) works closely with a number of other organizations in our area and across the State of Texas.
DCARA provides communications support to local charitable organizations during their fund-raising events such as bike rides and walkathons.
They also use their skills during Search and Rescue and Disaster Relief activities.
The mission of the Denton County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to assist the local community during a public health emergency or natural disaster with health implications by providing a rapid, coordinated and specific response.
Denton County Amateur Radio Association members assist MRC with their communication needs when deployed. Pleae see the MRC site for additional information.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
Many of our Amateur Radio operators are also members of CERT and provide many hours of service to their communities in that capacity. If you are interested in joining them, please visit the CERT website.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service(ARES) is coordinated through the Amateur Radio Relay League(ARRL). The mission of the Denton County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (DCARES) is to provide radio communications for disaster relief efforts or when requested by local authorities. Our ARES members have been deploying with various city, county and state government and non-government organizations for many years. You do not have to be a member of DCARA in order to become a member of ARES. Pleae check out the DCARES web site for more information.
Denton County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster(DCVOAD) is a humanitarian association of independent voluntary organizations who may be active in all phases of disaster. It's mission is to foster efficient, streamlined service delivery to people affected by disaster, while eliminating unnecessary duplication of effort, through cooperation in the four phases of disaster: preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
The VOAD web site is available for additional information.
The DFW chapter of the Red Cross also serves Denton County and DCARA members lend a hand. The ARRL has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the Red Cross and DCARES assists the Red Cross with communications under this MOU. Red Cross
SKYWARN is a volunteer program of trained severe weather spotters established by the National Weather Service(NWS) in the 1970s. Amateur Radio operators are an important asset to the program. Most of the DCARA members are active in SKYWARN. Find out more about the program at the NWS web site.
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