Equipment Recommendations

Being prepared for an ARES/RACES assignment involves a wide range of considerations, including radio equipment, power sources, personal gear, clothing, food and water, and information and specialized training. This page lists the minumum equipment you should have with you when volunteering for an ARES/RACES assignment. The equipment listed below is intended for a basic assignment lasting up to a day or more. For an in-depth discussion of this topic, see the Emergency Communicator's Handbook.

Basic Equipment

These are the basic items you should have with you while you are deployed at your assignment:


Food, clothing and shelter:

Personal items: