The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.  The RECS is an official ARES team.


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  Radio communications is an important part of CERT and many RECS members are active with supporting their local teams.


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.  The RECS is a registered Fire Corps program.  


 King County is ARES Region 6 for Washington State.  The RECS is an official King County ARES team.


The Mike and Key Amateur Radio Club is a Seattle, Washington 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.


RACES stands for "Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service," a protocol created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC Part 97, Section 407).  Many government agencies across the country train their Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) volunteers using the RACES protocol.  The volunteers serve their respective jurisdictions pursuant to guidelines and mandates established by local emergency management officials.  The RECS is an official RACES team. 


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.