The ARES group in Martin County have assisted in many emergency communication events since the early 1970s including activations during hurricane and storm related events.
Past Activation Events include:
- Hurricane David
- Hurricane Charlie (members deployed to Charlotte County)
- Hurricane Francis
- Hurricane Jean
- Hurricane Wilma
- Hurricane Matthew (2016)
- many smaller events and many preparations for possible events
ARES members must first be FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operators (hams). ARES is administered through the national association of amateur radio operators, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It is recommended that ARES members also join the league, though not required.