ARES D1 Mission Statement

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As an Incident Support Team, provide modern, reliable, interoperable, accurate, resilient and timely contingency, emergency, and supplemental (auxiliary) communications; real-time severe weather observation data; resource position tracking and telemetry, ground-truth intelligence (“eyes and ears”) and serve as “force multipliers” for governmental and non-governmental Public Safety, Search and Rescue, Critical Infrastructure (including Hospitals and Public Utilities), and Emergency Management related organizations and partners at all levels (served agencies) throughout Indiana’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) District 1 (Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper Counties), and beyond, when requested by an appropriate authority, during emergency, disaster and search and rescue incident response and short-term recovery periods, exercises and special events.

Vision

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An integrated, well organized Incident Support Team of properly trained and equipped, capable, motivated, honest and well-intentioned professionally acting volunteers operating from fixed, mobile, remote (virtual) and portable (temporary) locations to provide emergency/auxiliary communicators; trained weather spotters; emergency, disaster, search and rescue and special event supplemental information and intelligence, planning, logistics, leadership and liaison personnel trained, ready, willing and able to meet ARES D1’s mission, including operating any communications system, with proper authority, regardless of system ownership, to facilitate the efficient, reliable and effective exchange of modern, interoperable emergency, auxiliary and supplemental communications; incident support; and when requested, lead and coordinate emergent volunteers (Good Samaritans) in conducting low-risk incident task assignments to allow more highly trained and better equipped emergency, disaster and search and rescue personnel to attend to other priority tasks.