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Section Emergency Coordinator

Section Emergency Coordinator

Section Emergency Coordinator

The Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) is the assistant to the Section Manager (SM) for emergency preparedness.  The SEC is appointed by the SM to administer all matters pertaining to emergency communications and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) on a Section-wide basis.  There is only one SEC appointed in each Section of the ARRL Field Organization.




Technician-class license or higher; full ARRL membership, and achievement of Level 3 qualifications.  (Must, within the period of 1 year, from the issuance of this document or appointment as SEC, whichever comes later, or such further time period as authorized by the SM, complete all of the requirements for Level 3 qualification.)




Promote and encourage the development of local ARES groups.


Advise the SM on all Section emergency policy and planning, including the development of a Section emergency communications plan.


Cooperate and coordinate with the Section Traffic Manager (STM) so that emergency nets and traffic nets properly route welfare traffic in disasters and emergencies.  Cooperate and coordinate with other Section leadership officials.


Recommend candidates for Emergency Coordinator and District Emergency Coordinator appointments (and cancellations) to the Section Manager and determine areas of jurisdiction of each amateur so appointed.  Verify that candidates meet training requirements. At the SM’s discretion, the SEC may be directly in charge of making (and cancelling) such appointments.


Promote ARES membership drives, meetings, activities, tests, procedures, etc., at the Section level.


Serve in support of local ECs during a communications emergency; to ensure the local ECs have the necessary resources to sustain their mission.


Collect and consolidate Emergency Coordinator and/or District Emergency Coordinator monthly reports, and submit monthly progress summaries to the Section Manager and ARRL Headquarters. Provide timely reporting of emergency and public safety communications rendered in the Section for potential inclusion in ARRL media relations activities.

Maintain contact with other communication services and serve as liaison at the Section level with all agencies served in the public interest, particularly in connection with state government, emergency management officials, state and regional Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) organizations, and similar agencies. In states with multiple ARRL Sections, the SECs shall work as a team to develop and maintain an appropriate ARES Emergency Communications Plan in conjunction with state officials. Maintain cooperation with the State Government Liaison.



Recruitment of new hams and ARRL members is an integral part of the job of every ARRL appointee. Appointees should take advantage of every opportunity to recruit a new ham or member to foster growth of Field Organization programs, and our abilities to serve the public.


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