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Friends of Yavapai County ARES RACES, Inc

We provide communications when you need it the most

aka FOYCAR   |   Cornville, AZ   |  https://www.k7yca.org/friends-of-yavapai-county/administration/

Mission

In any disaster or emergency, communications are essential. Our mission is to provide multiple methods of communication in support of our served public safety, public health, and other disaster relief and volunteer organizations. Fundamental to this mission is our own independent communication infrastructure and a trained and organized group of licensed amateur radio operators. Our activities are directed by the Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). All members must pass a number of FEMA courses covering incident organization, management and communications. We are essential to any incident because we uniquely provide the only backup when primary communications are out, fill in where communications don’t exist, and facilitate and augment the flow of communications.

Notes from the nonprofit

ARES/RACES (ARES) is a volunteer organization whose members who give back to the community by providing a unique and essential “one-stop shop” for emergency communications in any declared emergency in the county. While we have been in operation for decades, the Friends of Yavapai County ARES/RACES 501c was recently formed to fund new capital equipment to expand our county-wide networks. The existing networks that connect responders to each other and incident staff are hindered by dead zones and vulnerable to disasters. Cellular and Internet services rely on local telecom infrastructure - potentially a single point of failure. Given the ever-increasing importance of cellular services in an incident, ARES is building an alternative high-speed digital network, the Yavapai County Emergency Communications Network (YC-ECN) to provide a seamless backup for cellular voice, text, and data. We appreciate your support to help us achieve these critical goals.

Ruling year info

2019

President

George Hornbeck

Main address

1165 S Verde Santa Fe Pkwy

Cornville, AZ 86325-4952 USA

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EIN

84-1850974

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (M02)

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Yavapai County Emergency Communication Network (YC-ECN)

The existing commercial and public safety networks that connect responders to each other and incident staff are hindered by dead zones and vulnerable to disasters. Cellular and Internet services rely on local telecom infrastructure - potentially a catastrophic single point of failure. We have many ways to address communication issues in an incident, but there are no alternatives for public safety and volunteer organizations should commercial services fail as they did in Feb 2015.
Given the ever-increasing importance of cellular and Internet services in an incident, ARES is building a high-speed wireless regional digital network, the Yavapai County Emergency Communications Network (YC-ECN), to provide a seamless extension of, and backup for, voice, text, and data over cellular and Internet networks. YC-ECN consists of a radio backbone on mountaintop towers, mobile nodes for field access, and fixed building installations.
We will cover the most important geographies first; the network is designed for modular incremental additions to extend coverage in the future. Currently, YC-ECN covers the southwest part of Yavapai County and extends to Mt Union. In 2021/2 we plan to extend YC-ECN from Mt Union to Mingus Mtn providing coverage for the Prescott region and the Verde Valley.
YC-ECN will expand on our existing radio infrastructure to enable responders to make calls, send text and video, access the Internet, and control webcams, all via Wi-Fi, when there is no cellular coverage or services have failed or been overwhelmed. YC-ECN is independent of local commercial infrastructure, using radio to connect to the Internet outside Yavapai County. Fixed and portable nodes will enable YC-ECN availability anywhere it is needed, essential to responders on the front lines in remote areas. Critically, YC-ECN will provide the only network backup for access to the AZDEMA website, used to coordinate outside resources. YC-ECN is a prime example of ARES’s commitment to continually expand our capabilities to support the heroes who risk their lives for us all and to help protect all residents of Yavapai County.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Social and economic status

We maintain all radio equipment, antennas, connections, laptops and all additional equipment requirements to assure the greatest band, mode and type of emergency communication capacity. We have plans to add new higher capacity computing devices and adding High Frequency band (HF) radio and antenna capacity.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our mobile communications van (MARC) requires a communications equipment upgrade; while adequate for small scale operations, the installed equipment is dated. With changes in technology and planned improvement in communication infrastructure, a complete upgrade is needed to use the van to its full potential as a mobile emergency response command center.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Cellar Fire Contribution 2019

Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority

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Financials

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Friends of Yavapai County ARES RACES, Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/30/2023
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Board chair

George Hornbeck

Friends of Yavapai County ARES/RACES, Inc

Term: 2020 - 2023

TOM CLOONAN

FRIENDS OF YAVAPAI COUNTY ARES RACES, INC

GEORGE HORNBECK

FRIENDS OF YAVAPAI COUNTY ARES RACES, INC

FRANK BENDER

FRIENDS OF YAVAPAI COUNTY ARES RACES, INC

Walter Otto

Friends of Yavapai County ARES RACES, Inc.

Kenneth Jacoby

Friends of Yavapai County ARES RACES, Inc.

Robert Stutey

Friends of Yavapai County ARES RACES, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/22/2022

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.