Why Do we Train? or…”I have been a Ham forever and I know better than anyone.”

Emergency communications is serious stuff! Communications is at the heart of a response to an emergency. In a real world event, Amateur Radio communicators are likely to interact with public safety professionals in their backyard (i.e an EOC, On-Scene, a Shelter, etc).  Not only do we want to put a best foot forward and prove we are valuable to the response effort and not a liability,  as communicators we need (a) to know and understand the operational environment where we will work, and (b) be confident that our skills (and equipment) match what is needed. 

Gone are the days of taking a course one time and then just sitting back and waiting for the call for help.  The professionals we work with in an emergency do not train once and move on, they practice over and over again until the proper way is second nature, and then they train some more to keep those skills fresh and ready to go. 

The way you operate in everyday life is the way your body will revert to in an emergency, so let us train an operate in the way that we will be asked to in that emergency, and then we will be ready for anything.

Any operator that participates in Emergency Communications need to sign up with Connect as it allows logging of your hours and provides the local Emergency Coordinator with your availability and training information. By 2019, this will be the only way to be able to participate and log hours of service, so please sign up today!

ARES Connect Website

All ARES members need to have the following FREE FEMA training courses to participate in activations: IS-100, 200, 700, 800. These courses can be found at:

FEMA Independent Study

Additionally, it is highly suggested you take Spring SKYWARN courses at least every 2 years, and Winter SKYWARN courses when ever offered (usually every 3-4 years)

2019 SKYWARN Training has been scheduled as of 12/12/2018

Tuesday April 2nd, 2019


Bedford Library

8575 Jackman Rd, Temperance, MI 48182

Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be an Amateur Radio Operator to attend. Watch for the registration link to the EMD.

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