ARES and Emergency Resources

Madison Amateurs - Doing what is needed when Needed

ARES Certification

3 days ago by WA1TCC

ARES, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, is a two part institution. Amateurs regularly volunteer to assist the local community with communications whether emergency or not and perform a valuable service to the community. There is also the official organization managed by ARRL, American Radio Relay League that is set up to interface with emergency organizations whether government or private with localized organized units of ARES volunteers. To bring the local groups to a unified standard, ARRL has provided a listing of courses for the Amateur community. These are free and mostly available on the web and provide a standard training for exchange of communications in any situation.

Standardization and understanding of the format for information and document exchange is critical to perform the duties of an Amateur volunteer. This page will provide the information of how to stay current with the ARES certification and any changes in either the local or the country wide standards.

 We also recommend participation in the Sunday Night ARES Training Net hosted by Tallahassee Amateur Radio at 19:30 EST on repeater 147.030.

The proposed Training

This is not official but a suggestion to be reviewed by ARRL. You cannot go wrong with starting FEMA training since those courses are well developed and recognized courses.

Level 1

Beginning volunteers

 Start to train and complete in one year the courses below


Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 1/
Basic (EC-001) Skywarn Training
The following Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) courses:
IS-100.b/ ICS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System ·
IS-200.b- ICS-200 for Single Incidents and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700.b NIMS: An Introduction
IS-800.b National Response Framework Level 2
EC-016 Public Service and Emergency Communication Management for Radio Amateurs
PR-101 Public Relations 101 for Radio Amateurs

After Completion of the above courses - FEMA training

Level3 ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
ICS-300 provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced knowledge and application of the ICS. This course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses.
ICS-400 Advanced ICS: This course provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced application of ICS. This course expands upon information covered in ICS-100 through ICS-300

This page will be updated as information is standardized.