The Renton ECS maintains a relationship with the following organizations.

Community Organizations Active in Disaster

Federal disaster assistance programs do not meet all the needs of the community following a disaster. Washington Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster ( and the local Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) work together to help people put their lives back together.

A COAD identifies and addresses unmet needs at the local level. No single organization has all of the resources or skills necessary to handle every issue that they encounter. But networked together through a COAD, the member organizations share information about requests for service. They may pool resources or divide responsibilities among themselves to serve those in need.  (Renton COAD website)

Mike and Key 

"The Mike and Key Amateur Radio Club is a Seattle area organization devoted to all aspects of Amateur Radio Operation.  The club focus is helping the community through training our members and practicing our skills through Public Service."  (Mike and Key website)

Community Emergency Response Team

CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. It is a training program used nation-wide to help communities prepare for and respond to disasters. CERT training includes both classroom and “hands-on” training in the areas of home preparedness, fire suppression, first aid, search and rescue, terrorism awareness and disaster psychology. At the end of CERT training, a disaster simulation is held to allow participants to practice their skills in a realistic setting. Once you complete CERT training, you are matched up with other CERT members in your neighborhood to form a CERT team.  (City of Renton website)


RECS is an official King County ARES/RACES team.  King County ARES/RACES is in Region 6 of Washington State ARES/RACES. (WA State ARES website)

Fire Corps
RECS is a registered Fire Corps program.  Fire Corps is a locally driven program under Citizen Corps (an initiative under the Department of Homeland Security) that enables community members to offer their time and talents to their local fire/EMS department in a non-emergency role.  (Fire Corps website)