What We Do


The National Weather Service in Cleveland uses the SKYWARN™ program, a nationwide network of trained storm spotters, who relay information to the NWS on current conditions during severe weather. Amateur Radio plays a significant role in this program, as we are able to directly connect to a statewide group of volunteers who can quickly relay changing conditions to the NWS Cleveland Office. During severe weather events in Hancock County, local teams of volunteers activate a net on the W8FT repeater. Click on the Skywarn logo to be directed to the NWS Cleveland website, where you can find training information, as well as helpful resources.


Not all events or services we provide are for emergency use only! A way for us to keep our training current, as well as help our community is to provide communications assistance for local events. For example, during the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, HCares volunteers provide communications for various checkpoints throughout the walk route, as well as communications for Medical Staff and Race Officials.

Education and Training

Hancock County ARES, in partnership with the Northwest Ohio VHF Amateur Radio Society offers Emergency Communication training, as well as workshops to help any ARES member to improve their skills. Please click the link below for training offerings, as well as our YouTube link to find pre-recorded trainings.

Training Offerings