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 YARS (York  ARES® RACES SKYWARN) is an organization composed of interested individuals who are FCC licensed Amateur Radio Operators whose major purpose is to provide county wide emergency communications at County EOC, Municipal EOC, shelters, CERT, Search and Rescue, and other agencies as directed.  This group shall be composed of Amateur Operators who are registered with York County Department of Emergency Services (YCDES) and ARES®.

YARS operates under the Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS), which encompasses all emergency communication services, including ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®).  We coordinate with other communications services to provide the desired communications.  Contacts will be maintained with REACT, MARS, CAP, and Coast Guard Auxiliary.   YARS is lead by the Auxiliary Communications Officer, Anne Zarlenga, KB3ZLJ.  Email contact is kb3zlj@gmail.com

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YARS members practice their communications skills by participating in drills with YCDES, and by providing communications at many public service events with March of Dimes, MS Society (walk and bike), York Marathon, Red Lion Street Fair, KTA Trail Challenge Hike, Ironmasters Challenge Hike.

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 For more information, view the York ARES RACES SkyWarn (YARS) Brochure (.pdf)

YARS Application (.pdf)

Applicants must submit their own request for a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record check (no cost).  This is a Criminal Record only, not a financial check.  Minimum age for this application is 21.  To request a background check via PATCH use the following link:


Select NEW RECORD CHECK for volunteers.
For Agency: York County OEM, 120 Davies Dr, York, PA 17402
Telephone:  717-840-2990

Send the YARS application and Background Check results to:
    Anne Zarlenga
    York County ACS Officer
    2639 Tamela Ave
    Dover, PA 17315

After the application is approved by YCOEM, YARS will provide you with a photo id badge.