CARES - Committee for Amateur Radio Emergency Services
The mission of the South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership (SURCP) and the Committee for Amateur Radio Emergency Services (CARES) is to provide support for the Douglas County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (DCARES) group serving the greater Douglas County area and, in particular, to enhance all amateur radio services for rural Umpqua basin communities.
The Douglas County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (DCARES) group, which is certified by the National ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) group under ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League), serves the geographic areas associated with Douglas County.
SURCP is proud to serve this critically important social service by providing a 501c3 status umbrella that will accommodate tax free status for all CARES donations and facilitate applications for grants that will enhance all amateur radio communications effectiveness especially during emergency events.
Because rural Douglas County is made up of mountainous terrain, emergency communication services are often not available. These areas are also without cell phone services. It is not uncommon to have land line phone services fail during particularly stormy weather or natural disasters such as forest fires. The goal of SURCP's CARES will provide desperately needed tools to shore up the DCARES radio equipment and organizational infrastructure for rural Douglas County.
CARES will be under the guidance and supervision of a SURCP Executive Director and is chaired by Christine Masters and David Masters of Tiller, Oregon. Both Christine (KG7FYH) and David (KG7FYG) are licensed and certified General Class amateur radio operators. You can contact the committee chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Douglas County ARES radio net on Monday at 1900.