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2. Amateur Radio Emergency Service

ARES represents the largest program. ARES has a program in each Michigan county, managed by an Emergency Coordinator who works closely with the Emergency Management Director of the county to provide backup communications to the local jurisdiction.
Because Michigan counties are so varied, the ARES organizations within those counties are quite varied. Although their primary customer is typically the county Emergency Management organization, they may also work with the local Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other NGOs. In some counties, the liaison with the fire departments or Sheriff's office is especially close. Each county has different needs, and the ARES organization attempts to meet those needs.
In Michigan, and especially southern Michigan, severe weather is common, and in many cases, the greatest effort is expended with weather related activities. Amateurs spot bad weather and report to their National Weather Service office when bad weather is approaching, and following severe weather, are often involved in recovery operations.
Late spring and early summer tend to be the time when damaging weather is encountered, and this is also the time that many organizations hold runs, walks and other events for which amateurs frequently provide communications. Hence, the peaks in the middle of the year in the graph below:
Michigan ARES Hours
FSD-212 Results
Figure 1. Michigan ARES Hours

Michigan ARES programs reported 55,087 hours in 2010, 7035 of them occuring in June. 2010 was a very light year for damaging weather. In 2009, when the state experienced much severe weather, more than twice that effort was reported in May alone, with all the late spring/early summer months exceeding June of 2010.

2.1. Organization

The Michigan State Police divides the state into 7 Districts, and appoints a District Coordinator for each. ARES has a District Emergency Coordinator for each of those districts, who works with the District coordinator. In addition, the Section appoints a District Emergency Coordinator for each of the National Weather Service offices in the state. This NWS DEC works with the office's Warning Coordination Meteorologist to provide training to SKYWARN members and implement circuits that permit field observations to be transmitted to the NWS office effectively.
These DECs are as follows:
District DEC Call DEC Name
1 K8YZA Joe Pullen
2 K8UP John Fleming
3 N8OSL Joe Tuscher
5 KB8FQJ Carl Flickinger
6 KB8VEE Tom van der Mel
7 WA8RLI Red Duggan
8 KG8NK Lou Gembolis
APX KC8YTK Chris Stinson
DTX N8ZSA Ted Davis
GRR N8VLN Michael Gage
MQT KI8AF Greg Hanson
Table 1. District Emergency Coordinators

In addition, the Section Emergency Coordinator maintains a small staff to help organize the section. These assistant SECs are:
Role ASEC Call ASEC Name
SEOC Alternate N8ERF Dr. Dennis Klipa
SEOC Station Manager K8RDN Robert Berger
Training and Exercises NX8A John (Jack) Hutcheson
Table 2. Assistant Section Emergency Coordinators