The Section Emergency Coordinator is the assistant to the Section Manager for emergency preparedness. The Section Emergency Coordinator is appointed by the Section Manager to handle all matters pertaining to emergency and public service communications and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) on a Section- wide basis. The Section Emergency Coordinator is extremely important to the Section. There is only one Section Emergency Coordinator appointed in each Section of the ARRL Field Organization.
Section Emergency Coordinator responsibilities:
- Manage the development and sustainment of an ARES organization for each appropriate jurisdiction in the Section.
- Advise the Section Manager on all Section emergency policy and planning, including changes to Section EmComm plan.
- Cooperate and coordinate with the Section Traffic Manager so emergency and traffic nets in the Section provide a valuable public service. Cooperate and coordinate with other Section leadership officials, particularly with the State Government Liaison and Public Information Coordinator.
- Recommend candidates for Emergency Coordinator and District Emergency Coordinator appointments (and cancellations) to the Section Manager and determine areas of jurisdiction of each amateur so appointed. At the Section Manager's discretion, the Section Emergency Coordinator may be directly in charge of making (and canceling) such appointments. In the same way, the Section Emergency Coordinator can handle Official Emergency Station
- Promote ARES membership drives, meetings, activities, tests, procedures, etc., at the Section level.
- Collect and consolidate Emergency Coordinator and District Emergency Coordinator periodic reports and submit progress summaries to the Section Manager and ARRL Headquarters. This includes the timely reporting of emergency and public safety communications rendered in the Section for inclusion in QST.
- Maintain contact with other communication services and serve as liaison at the Section level with all agencies served in the public interest, particularly in connection with State and local government, emergency management, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross, Salvation Army and the National Weather Service. Such contact is maintained in cooperation
with the State Government Liaison.
- Recruitment of new hams and League members is an integral part of the job of every League appointee. Appointees should take advantage of every opportunity to recruit a new ham or member to foster growth of Field Organization programs, and our abilities to serve the public.