The Anne Arundel County-Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a non-profit volunteer organization which trains community members in emergency preparedness, provides assistance in emergencies and disasters, and supports public service activities. CERT members will be officially requested by County departments for support. Requests for operational support are managed through the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management, with CERT responding as an affiliated volunteer organization.
CERT volunteers provide community service after completing CERT basic emergency preparedness training. Examples of community service are supporting civic and patriotic events across the County with communications, traffic control, and parade marshal functions. In emergencies trained CERT members can serve as call takers, disaster shelter volunteers, pet disaster recovery volunteers, and other duties.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a nationwide corps of trained volunteer amateur (ham) radio operators organized to assist in public service and emergency communications. ARES is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national amateur radio society. ARES Teams are generally made up of volunteers from the local area. The only requirements to join ARES are a willingness to serve and a current amateur radio license.
The Anne Arundel County ARES Team is affiliated with the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management as well as the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. The team also operates under Federal Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) rules to permit continuous operations during times of Presidentially-declared national emergencies. The ARES/RACES Team operates a multi-mode amateur radio station (W3AAC) in the Anne Arundel County Emergency Operations Center to provide the County with supplemental emergency communications. Learn more about ARES/RACES in Anne Arundel County.