Hillsborough County ARES / RACES

Open Office 09/17/12


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Hillsborough County is situated on the west central coast of Florida. The County encompasses almost 1000 square miles and has a population of about 1 million people. Hillsborough County is home to the Port of Tampa, one of the largest ports in the nation.

Florida is prone to hurricane activity. In 2004 and 2005, Florida was impacted by 8 hurricanes. The potential for emergencies/disasters is a possibility. These include hazardous material spills, strong summer thunderstorms, and terrorism; however, hurricanes have the greatest potential of major disruption to our local communications systems.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) are membership organizations charged with the responsibility of providing back-up and auxiliary communications during times of emergency.

ARES is sponsored and organized through the field organization of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The RACES program is sponsored and organized through the local emergency management agency.

In Hillsborough County both the ARES and RACES organizations are consolidated under one leadership structure headed by an Emergency Coordinator/RACES Officer and several assistants

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