C.A.R.E.S.

CARES Mission Statement
“CARES is a backup emergency communications service operated jointly by volunteer licensed amateur radio operators and CCHA member hospitals to address public health communication needs in times of crisis.”

CARES Background & Information
CCHA’s Board of Directors unanimously agreed to partner with our region’s ham operator community to provide cost effective regional back-up emergency communications during natural or manmade disasters. In October 2008, the CARES repeater network was activated, providing a communications link among member hospitals in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina.

CARES will depend on licensed volunteer radio operators to transmit vital information regarding regional health care needs. Issues involving hospital capacity, damage assessment, staffing, and availability of needed supplies can be coordinated between hospitals when other means of communication are not functioning.

When begun, the CARES project is the third hospital emergency ham radio initiative undertaken in the United States. This public service project continues to serve as a prototype for other health-based emergency communications systems around the country.

When begun, the CARES project is the third hospital emergency ham radio initiative undertaken in the United States. This public service project continues to serve as a prototype for other health-based emergency communications systems around the country.

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