"In many areas the number of Amateurs available for any type of emergency response is limited. If both Red Cross and the city or county want their own organization, then agreements should be made between the competing agencies.
"The first thing to recognize is to NOT compete, but to share. Organizational personnel should register with both agencies. Each agency will have its own requirements. ARES personnel will have to understand this and ARES individuals will have to choose one or the other as their primary response duty.
Continues next week.