All FCC licensed amateur radio operators are ARES eligible, and may participate from their home or mobile locations at any time. To be officially deployed or participate in Emergency Operation Centers, drills, or field training exercises, all ARES members must complete FEMA Independent Study courses IS 100.b, 200.b, and 700.a. and complete a Washington State Emergency Worker Card application. Washington State Patrol background checks are then conducted by Pierce County Department of Emergency Management. You will be contacted my our membership coordinator for the next steps after filling out this application.