The Anne Arundel - Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team (AAACERT) is a non-profit organization which trains volunteers to support our first responders in disasters and emergencies, and educates the public on emergency preparedness. AAACERT courses and drills cover basic disaster prevention, preparation, and response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, communications, and emergency medical procedures.
AAACERT volunteers receive training to assist their families, neighbors, and colleagues when disaster strikes and professional responders are not immediately available to help. In addition, AAACERT volunteers support the first responders who keep our communities safe. For example, when activated under the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), or the City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management, AAACERT supports emergency response agencies.
AAACERT volunteers are vetted, trained, and certified in compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a flexible, scaleable framework for local, state, tribal, territorial, or federal authorities to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
To learn about, join, or support AAACERT, visit https://www.aaacert.org/ or email [email protected].
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.