The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service [ARES] is the field arm of the Amateur Radio Relay League [ARRL]. The League deals with all aspects of Amateur Radio, including legislation, licensing, and contests; the ARES branch specifically handles field communications, particularly during emergencies. When you hear in the news that Amateur Radio operators were part of a search and rescue operation, assisted in getting aid to a ship in trouble at sea, or provided communications for a Red Cross shelter, you're hearing about an ARES function.
You become an ARES amateur radio operator by joining ARRL, but a "Ham" does not need to be a member of ARRL to participate in ARES. If you become an Emergency Coordinator [EC], you do need to join the ARRL.
The Kenosha County Emergency Coordinator is Cathy Markstrom, KC9EOW