ARES D1 has not yet applied for or received any governmental or non-governmental grant monies, nor conducted any form of fundraising. None of its personnel currently or at any time in the future will ever benefit monetarily or “in-kind” in any way whatsoever.
We do not aggressively seek grant or donated funding. Better to be broke, honest, and humble then flush with funding and corruption, or the temptation or appearance of corruption that it may bring.
It is better to rely on the resources of Served Agencies and our own personnel. That helps ensure all have “skin in the game” and share collectively in the guidance, leadership and success of ARES D1.
However, recognizing that some of our mission capabilities would be enhanced with donated funding and/or equipment, we will passively accept the means necessary to enhance our services to the public. Strict accounting, reporting and accountability procedures are followed.
ARES D1 goals include:
The establishment of two or more Winlink Radio Message System (RMS) Tri-mode Gateways to enable efficient and effective messaging via Email over radio (VHF, UHF and HF), independent of Internet-based infrastructure, yet allow interfacing with the normal Internet-based Email systems used by public safety, Hospital, and other agencies and organizations on a daily basis.
Purchase of two or more portable HF/GMRS/VHF/UHF digital capable “Go Kits,” complete with antennas, generator, solar panel, pop-up canopy/tent and peripheral devices, cables, etc. for rapid deployment to locations in the field (Command Post, Hospital, Search and Rescue Base Camp, Critical Infrastructure location, etc.).
Purchase of two or more portable GMRS/VHF/UHF Repeaters, complete with antennas, generator, solar panel, pop-up canopy/tent and peripheral devices, cables, etc. for rapid deployment to locations in the field (Command Post, Hospital, Search and Rescue Base Camp, Critical Infrastructure location, etc.).
Establishment of a portable and backbone (fixed) Super High Frequency (SHF) Mesh Network, Amateur TV (broadcast quality) and Internet-like capability to connect field locations, Emergency Operations Centers, Department Operations Centers, Staging Areas, Incident Support Bases, Hospitals, 9-1-1 Centers and other Critical Infrastructure locations deemed necessary for governmental or non-governmental authorities, when normal Internet capabilities are overloaded, unreliable, or non-existent.
Additionally, the establishment of one or more Automated Position Reporting System (APRS) Gateways, interfaced with an automated, National Weather Service compliant Weather Station is a goal.
The goals will require funding, funding that ARES D1 will seek in the future via grants, donations, and fundraising efforts. When secured, there will be proper oversight, auditing, and accounting. No ARES D1 member, affiliate or any other person shall personally benefit from any equipment, grant or other funding that may be received at any time.