Waupaca County ARES - RACES is an organization of ham radio operators who volunteer their expertise, time and resources to provide primary and supplemental communications to government agencies, private disaster response organizations and other nonprofit organizations of Waupaca County, Wisconsin as well as providing support to ARES - RACES groups, government agencies, private disaster response organizations and other nonprofit organizations in surrounding counties.

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WCEM Waupaca County Emergency Management
Waupaca County Emergency Management coordinates effective response and recovery efforts relating to natural and technological disasters within Waupaca County. Through planning, training and exercising, we prepare our citizens and our response personnel to help mitigate the loss of lives and property.

WEM Wisconsin Emergency Management
Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) coordinates effective disaster response and recovery efforts in support of local governments. Through planning, training and exercising we prepare ourselves, our citizens and response personnel to minimize the loss of lives and property.

ARES is sponsored by a private, non-profit organization, the American Radio Relay League (our ham radio national organization). RACES is sponsored by the U.S. Government Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and is administered in our state by Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM). Our members are Amateur Radio Operators, individually licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. They are trained emergency communicators who have volunteered personal time, skill and equipment to serve in the public interest. The members have taken ICS 100 and IS 700 to be compliant with NIMS and Incident Command requirements for volunteers. Members have also taken the basic weather spotting class from the National Weather Service. Many members have gone far beyond this in their training and/or careers when it comes to public safety and emergency communications training/experience.

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation's first line of defense against severe weather. The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters.

Our meetings
Second Thursday of the month at 6 pm.
Lower Level of Waupaca County Courthouse
811 Harding Street
Waupaca, WI

Our weekly net is at 8:15 pm on Sunday.

Our repeater:
PL 118.8 -

Back up repeater:
PL118.8 -