Monthly meetings are in person at the Thurston County Emergency Management ECC at 9521 Tilley Rd S.  The meeting begins at 19:00 and runs until about 21:00.  We also have a parallel Zoom meeting; 

Meeting ID: 360 515 1263

Passcode: 441400

Join us in person or on Zoom.

What does it mean to be a member of TC ARES®?  First let’s define the term “TC ARES®

As a member of this organization, ham radio operators jump into action to serve the community by providing backup communications for the Thurston County Department of Emergency Management, TCDEM. We are branching out to serve other state and local agencies in a similar fashion. We are developing relationships with The Evergreen State College, Washington State Department of Transportation, City of Lacey, City of Olympia, and the Squaxin Tribe.

As a radio operator with TC ARES®, you will receive some very intensive training relating to radio operation, FEMA rules, and NIMS/ICS. Take advantage of as many training opportunities as possible, go beyond the required basic 4 courses, IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and IS-800. Look for other courses and share what you find. A list of recommended courses:

EC-001, Introduction to Emergency Communications  http://www.arrl.org/online-course-registration

EC-016, Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs  http://www.arrl.org/online-course-registration

PR-101, Public Relations 101 for Radio Amateurs  http://www.arrl.org/online-course-registration

Recommended FEMA online courses; https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx?lang=en&all=true

TC ARES® is a team. We work together, helping each other, supporting our served agencies. Team leader is the EC, Emergency Coordinator. The EC can appoint AEC’s, Assistant Emergency Coordinators, to help with any function of the team. We have an AEC-Training and an AEC-OPS.