NYC-ARECS have the experience and expertise to provide a valuable
public service to agencies and organizations in New York City.
The organization's members are local community citizens, professionals,
that understand civic responsibility and possess an abundance
of civic pride. The organization's leaders, and their approach
to emergency communications, is one that has been developed and
molded specifically for NYC, and is not beholden to an outside
organization. This was first recognized by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
through a Mayoral Proclamation in 1997, and presented by
Jerome M. Hauer, the first Director of OEM (today the NY State
Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency
city's vast and complex communications system, is indebted to
the many trained amateur radio volunteers,
who are efficient and dependable and lend a much needed hand in
times of crisis or disaster.
They are an invaluable part of our city's communication network."
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, September 20, 1997
members have intimately been involved with communications in NYC,
including 20 years of training for emergencies specific to NYC.
This also includes past situations such as TWA 800, Y2K, the attacks
of September 11, 2001, the Staten Island Barge explosion, the
NYC blackout, several major floods and hurricanes, as well as
other operations. The following represent common activation
a potential hurricane or other major weather event:
Once the National
Weather Service issues a Public Advisory of a Hurricane Warning
for the New York City metro area, NYC-ARECS would:
check-in with the National Hurricane Center's net via High Frequency
(HF) radio; this frequency would be monitored and information
specific to NYC would be gathered in real-time.
the NY NBEMS/USeast NBEMS High Frequency (HF) [non-voice] digital
net and monitor it for any digital HF messages into and out
of the NYC area.
a Logistics Net on one of nine NYC UHF/VHF repeaters; this net
would serve as a Central Coordinating Point for radio operators
from NYC and the surrounding areas that wanted to check-in,
provide reports from the ground, and/or monitor/receive more
information on the developing situation. This Logistics Net
would collect weather data 'surface reports' from the Hurricane
affected areas in real time by 'eyes on the ground' for use
by the Hurricane Forecasters.
a catastrophic terrorist or disastrous technological event:
that a catastrophic event has taken place, such as what New York
City experienced on September 11, 2001, NYC-ARECS would:
a city-wide UHF/VHF Logistics Net for the purposes of information
gathering. This would be used to transfer and share information
from across the Five Boroughs and the surrounding counties (Bergen,
Hudson, Rockland, Westchester, Nassau, etc.).
vetted information and news as needed, to our members and colleagues
that are active participants in several various NYC organizations,
including the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), a US Department
of Defense communications program; the American Red Cross; the
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT); the US Coast Guard
Auxiliary; and the USeast-NBEMS HF digital net.
- Be available
to provide auxiliary communications assistance to requesting
operator central coordination after a New York City or regional
In the event
of a major disaster of the scale in which outside resources
would typically make themselves available, such as what occurred
after the attack of September 11, 2001, NYC-ARECS would log and
keep in contact with any radio operators from out of town that
were offering their services. NYC-ARECS would serve as a clearing
house for radio operators who were willing to be tasked with
assignments by agencies as needed. 
Mutual Assistance Network:
it be an earthquake, hurricane or other event which disrupts
normal modes of communication, NYC-ARECS can utilize its communications'
global reach (via HF radio - both with digital messaging and
voice modes) to support other groups by our very nature of being
out of the area. New York City has a highly diverse population,
made up of numerous peoples of varying ethnic backgrounds-people
who may have friends and relatives in a potentially affected
area. Because of this, the need for health and welfare traffic
and multi-language translated messaging will be in need, this
is something NYC-ARECS can assist with.
Besides emergency traffic, duties radio operators have had included
shadowing New York City officials, medical officials, handling
medical traffic, operating with FDNY crews on fire engines, and
coordinating communications for agencies such as the American
Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
This would enhance and promote the accuracy of local forecasts;
the net would become a transfer hub for storm information (such
as Hurricane Advisories); This will subsequently be shared over
Amateur Radio, when other sources are not available to the affected
This was a valuable service NYC-ARECS members conducted following
the attacks of September 11, 2001.
direct any questions to PIO@nyc-arecs.org
or in emergency call 646-862-7847