Joining CT ARES® or Updating Your Membership
Why Join ARES®
If you are a volunteer interested in emergency communications and
want to be "in the know" about training opportunities and want to be on the front
lines of service, you will want to get involved and join CT ARES®.
Joining means that you have a desire to train and to serve either at
home or in the field. It's easy, so read below about the process, come
aboard and have fun!
Process and Procedures
While we actively encourage everyone to register to make life easier
for volunteers, the ARES® leadership team, and our served agencies,
there will be those who have not registered before a disaster occurs.
Every effort will be made to accommodate them, but they will need to register,
and most likely will be taken aside for training that will be offered every few
hours before they are allowed to participate. Obviously, these people
will be the junior people on any response team.
How to Join or Renew
Through the generosity and assistance from the Eastern Massachusetts
(EMA) ARES® group, CT ARES® has a new Membership
Application System. This system allows members to update their
own records through the use of their own unique passwords.
If you treasure your privacy, do not share your password with anyone.
Adding a NEW Record
If you are just joining CT ARES®, log into the
Membership Site and fill out the form as completely as
possible. For a presentation showing the process, please go to
CT ARES Application Procedures.
It is important that you can be reached during any local or federal emergency so
please provide us with:
- Home Phone number and/or a
- Work Phone number and/or a
- Cell Phone number and/or a
- Pager number (if you have one) and a
- Working E-Mail Address
If you can't be reached, then you are not a useful
member of the group.
Be sure to choose a secure password to protect your information. Your
password should be something that is easy enough for you to remember
but confusing enough to prevent someone else from determining what it might
be. When selecting a password, never use keyboard patterns (such as
"qwerty") or simple patterns like "abcdef" and "123456" or your personal Call
Letters. Be creative!! A good source for random passwords
can be found at
http://www.randompassword.com. Be sure to save your
changes before you leave the page or they will be lost!
Updating an EXISTING Record
If you are already a CT ARES® member, you have a
membership record already. To make any changes,
go into your current record at the
Membership Site with your
current callsign and password and make whatever changes you need to make.
This includes changes to your address, your call sign, your password,
your license class or expiration date or (even your name, ladies, when you take
the big step!). Check to be sure your email address and contact numbers
are all current and working. If you attempt to log in but forget what
your password is, it will be automatically e-mailed to you (but only if your email
address on the database is correct and working!). Be sure to save
your changes before you leave the page or they will be lost!
For a presentation showing the record modification process, please go to
CT ARES Modification
At the top of the form there is a link that says Training
Qualifications. This is where members are asked to post any
ARRL, ARES®, Red Cross, FEMA/ICS, etc., training they have
successfully completed. Being properly trained and knowledgeable of
emergency operating techniques makes for a more valuable member when a response
becomes necessary. Most of the more popular courses are listed in the
pull-down menu. Try to make your training list as complete and accurate
as possible. Be sure to save your changes before you leave the page
or they will be lost!
If anyone experiences difficulty in using this form, please
notify the Membership Chairperson as soon as possible at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and enjoy!!
An "Announce" list exists for receiving CT ARES information.
To sign up, simply go to
CT ARES Announce Group and enter your email address.
Once you are a member of Announce, you are urged to join the Alert
subgroup. It is in this subgroup where all urgent messages, drills
and important notices will be posted.