Amateur Radio Emergency Service®  or (ARES)

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

The Valdosta ARS works with the Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency (LCEMA), whose primary mission is to lead the planning and preparedness efforts within Lowndes County.  This requires working with the numerous local response agencies, governments, and volunteer resource agencies to develop effective all-hazards plans to ensure that Lowndes County and its citizens are adequately prepared for any type of disaster that may affect our local communities.  More information about the LCEMA can be found on the Lowndes County website at

The Valdosta ARS is one of those volunteer organizations who through its technical and membership resources provides auxiliary communications support to LCEMA.

If you are interested in becoming active in emergency communications please consider becoming a member of the Valdosta ARS and a registered ARES member.

For more ARES information at the state level go to or at the national level go to  or contact the District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) for the South Central Georgia District, Winston Miller (KG4YUS) at