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Volunteering with Emergency Management

About Volunteering

We have a variety of options for people interested in volunteering in Emergency Management.  Some of the possibilities are listed on the menu above. Click on each one to learn more about how you can be an asset to your community during a wide range of emergencies.  Be part of the solution to assist our community during times of need.

Clallam County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (CCARES)

Clallam County ARES is a network of volunteer amateur radio operators that provides backup emergency radio service to the County government and to other response agencies on the Peninsula. In addition to this vital communications link, ARES supports community events such as the North Olympic Discovery Marathon, college and community safety fairs and the Clallam County Fair, with volunteers and equipment.

ARES works with the Clallam County Amateur Radio Club to promote amateur radio through training, weekly radio nets, radio license classes and testing.

Monthly ARES meetings are held in the Emergency Operations Center located in the basement of the County Courthouse, 223 E 4th Street in Port Angeles, and at the City Hall in Forks. The meetings occur on the first Tuesday of the month and begin at 7 PM.

ARES operates under the auspices of the Sheriff's Emergency Management Unit, and ARES volunteers are also Clallam County Sheriff's Department volunteers. Membership information may be obtained at the monthly meeting or from the ARES Emergency Coordinator, Bruce Reiter,

Become an Amateur Radio Operator!!

The Clallam County Amateur Radio Club (CCARC) provides the necessary classes to become a Technician (Level1) twice a year in Clallam County. The dates and times are listed on the Sheriff's Website Calendar. There are sessions in April and October. A follow up review and exam are given before licenses are awarded.

There is no cost for the class which is presented by volunteers from the Clallam County Amateur Radio Club. Students purchase the "Ham Radio License Manual Level I" or the ARRL General Class License Manual at a cost of $24.95. The sessions cost is $15.00. All classes are held at the Port Angeles Fire Department at 102 E. 5th Street, Port Angeles, WA.

Check their website at, or call Chuck Jones at 360-775-8201 and register for classes, or to get more information about amateur radio operations and classes.

CERT Community Emergency Response Team

The next CERT training class dates can be found on the Sheriff’s Office On-line Calendar. To register, call 360-417-2525 or .

Clallam County has six CERT teams, fully trained and ready to take action. 

  • Clallam Co ARC & Jefferson Co CERT
  • Clallam County CERT
  • Emerald Highlands CERT
  • Sequim City CERT
  • Miller Peninsula CERT Program
  • Diamond Point Community Emergency Response Team

Take the training now to learn the best ways to protect yourself and your neighbors.

The Getting Ready training is a six hour course.

The CERT Training is a twenty hour course.

For information on contacting any of these groups or getting a trainer to hold a CERT class in your community, contact , or call 360-417-2525.

Map Your Neighborhood

The newest course offered is MYN  which is a ninety minute class organizing neighborhoods to respond in the first hour of a disaster when lives can be saved by quick action.  Courses are taught in your neighborhood and we supply the trainer and materials.

Since this program was launched in June of 2007, more than 700 citizens have been trained and know what to do immediately to assist their neighbors.

Because of our geographic isolation, it is important to organize our neighborhoods into a small response team structure and teach our citizens how to be prepared for any disaster. By doing do, we directly strengthen our neighborhood resources and support the community.

Schedule a training for your neighborhood today and know what steps to take to survive in a disaster.

Contact Emergency Management to receive more information and to schedule an event for your neighborhood by phoning 360-417-2483.

Medical Reserve Corps

If you are a retired medical professional and would like to become involved in the Medical Reserve Corps, you can sign up at the Kitsap County Dept. of Emergency Management MRC web site.

View the MRC brochure to learn all about the volunteering opportunities.

You can participate as an active volunteer or just register in advance of an emergency so that you will be immediately available to serve in case you are needed to be deployed in Clallam County.

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