C.A.R.E.S is a group of licensed amateur radio operators who continually train as emergency communication (emcomm) operators. Our mission is to provide backup communications in disasters and emergencies when normal communications are overloaded or disrupted. We serve Curry County agencies as well as community agencies who are involved in disaster recovery.
Operators are assigned to the County Emergency Operations Center, City and County fire stations, health departments, hospitals and other agencies as needed when normal communications are overloaded or disrupted. Most traffic is handled by voice or packet using dedicated equipment at the served agencies.
Licensed amateur radio operators in Curry County interested in emergency communications (emcomm) are encouraged to join. A successful background check from the county Sheriff's Office is required.
Members train in directed net operations, message handling, field radio station set-up, portable repeaters, simulated emergency tests, and other training to improve our proficiency in emergency radio communications and coordinating within the Incident Command System.
C.A.R.E.S provides communication support for a variety of emergency services and organizations, including:
Board Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month at 11:00am. Meetings are located in the Emergency Management Office at 94235 Moore Street, Gold Beach, Oregon.