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Our Organizational Structure

Indiana Amateur Radio Emergency Service District 1's (ARES D1) structure is designed for collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness, without being encumbered by elected positions that result in "power grabs," "politics," and favoritism. 

ARES D1’s organizational structure and key leadership duties:

 

  • District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) - Coordinate and support a viable ARES emergency communications (Emcomm) and public service/event capability to serve eligible agencies and organizations, District-wide. Appoint and work with ARES Emergency Coordinators in each of the five D1 counties (Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, and Jasper) and the Indiana Section Emergency Coordinator, as well as adjoining DECs, and other emergency communications capable organizations in the area, in support of the public. Serve as the ARES Emergency Coordinator for counties without an appointed ARES Emergency Coordinator.

 

  • Assistant District Emergency Coordinators (ADEC) - Oversee and coordinate one or more operational and/or administrative functional areas to support a viable District-wide ARES Emcomm and public service/event capability to serve eligible agencies and organizations within the boundaries of one of the D1 counties.

 

  • Emergency Coordinators (EC) - Coordinate and support a viable ARES Emcomm and public service/event capability to serve eligible agencies and organizations within the boundaries of one of the D1 counties. Appoint and work with ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinators within the county’s jurisdiction, and with other ECs in D1 and adjoining non-D1 counties, as appropriate, as well as other emergency communications capable organizations in the area, in support of the public.

 

  • Assistant Emergency Coordinators (AEC) - Oversee and coordinate one or more operational and/or administrative functional areas to support a viable ARES Emcomm and public service/event capability to serve eligible agencies and organizations within the boundaries of one of the D1 counties.

 

  • Official Emergency Station (OES) - To carry out specific Net, field deployment and/or interoperability functions and assignments designated by the EC or DEC and approved by the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC).

 

Currently, in addition to the District Emergency Coordinator (also serving as the Emergency Coordinator - Lake County), ARES D1 has the following additional leadership positions filled and expects to have similar positions filled in the near future in Porter and LaPorte counties, as well as Emergency Coordinators for each of the counties.

 

  • Emergency Coordinator - Porter County

  • Emergency Coordinator - LaPorte County

  • Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) - Lake County - County and Club Liaison

  • ​AEC - Lake County - Network Operations

  • ​AEC -Lake County - District Emergency Management Agency Liaison

  • ​AEC - Lake County - Health System and RACES Officer

  • AEC - Lake County – SKYWARN and Special Events

  • AEC - Lake County - At Large

Preventing "Kingdom Building," "Power Grabs," Ego Inflation and More

ARES D1’s organizational structure does not lend itself to “kingdom building,” or the puffing up of anyone’s ego. The structure is designed to get people trained, exercised, ready and able to provide services successfully, efficiently, and effectively to the public via governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations.  

“Power grabs” are prevented because there are no elected leaders. Leaders are recommended and appointed with the knowledge and/or approval of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and ARES leaders at the Local, District, State and National levels, following the guidelines of the ARRL ARES rules.

 

Just as leaders can be appointed, so too can they be removed for any serious impropriety, wrongdoing of abuse of their position.

Additionally, ARES D1 leadership positions include the Emergency Coordinator (EC), the District Emergency Coordinator (DEC), and the Assistant Emergency Coordinators. These positions are “Coordinators,” not “Managers,” “President,” “Vice President,” “Board of Director member,” etc.

These Coordinators do a lot of work, not politics or acting like a boss.

 

If a Coordinator or an Assistant Coordinator is not actively doing their volunteer role as a Coordinator, they are removed. Because they are not helping the organization, its personnel or helping to meet the ARES D1 Mission and Vision.

 

ARES D1 does not exist for anyone in a leadership position who wants a “title.”  

 

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