Current ARES Districts
Presently, there are thirteen districts within five regions that make up the Kentucky Amateur Radio Emergency Service (KY ARES®) with Region 5, consisting of Districts 11, 12 and 13. (See map above.) District 11 counties include Bell, Clay, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, McCreary, Rockcastle, and Whitley. District 12 has Adair, Boyle, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, Mercer, Pulaski, Russell, and Wayne counties. District 13 consists of Bourbon, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Madison, Nicholas, Powell and Woodford counties.
KY SEC Ron Goodpaster/AG4TY, working with our DECs and ASECs, or Region ECs, have developed and planned for KY ARES® to realign its current districting to match the state EM area districts throughout the state to keep our system current with KY EMA. This change will take place on September 1, 2018.
Why the change?
This realignment will enable DECs to work more closely with a single KYEM Area Manager in providing auxiliary communications support through amateur radio and will act as a bridge between local emergency management organizations of each area office and the state EMA in Frankfort.
What does this mean for KY ARES?
What this means is that many counties will be realigned from the current thirteen districts into ten. For example, in District 11, McCreary and Rockcastle counties will move to the new KY ARES District 10. The remaining counties of Bell, Clay, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, and Whitley will join Estill, Madison, and Powell counties from District 13 as well as Harlan, Lee, and Owsley counties from District 10 to form the new KY ARES District 9. Other counties within the Commonwealth will be similarly re-aligned to match KYEM area offices (see map below).
ARES Districts, effective September 1, 2018, will coincide with KYEM Area Offices
Information regarding this change for both ARES members and amateurs interested in joining ARES in the new Kentucky District 9, should contact their respective county ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) or Official Emergency Station (OES) for more information. Their information, current as of August 18, 2018, is listed below:
|Emergency Coordinator||Name & Callsign||Phone Number|
|Bell County||Position vacant|
|Clay County (AEC)||Bruce Smith/KS4WM||(606) email@example.com|
|Estill County||Position vacant|
|Harlan County||Position vacant|
|Jackson County||Position vacant|
|Knox County (EC)||Bruce Cory/KM4VHI||(440) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Laurel County (EC)||Ed Lemley/K4XXX||(304) email@example.com|
|Lee County||Position vacant|
|Madison County (EC)||Glenn Foley/KO4OL||(859) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Madison County (OES)||William Hicks/KG4ZXN||(859) email@example.com|
|Owsley County||Position vacant|
|Powell County (EC)||Kenneth Howard/KY4KH||(606) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Whitley County||Position vacant|