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 and mind will revert to in an emergency, so let us train and 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 needs to sign up with ARES Connect as it allows logging of your hours and provides the local Emergency Coordinator with your availability and training information. In 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

 Training Outline-Meetings and Supplemental Sessions
 Monthly Meeting 1st Thursday 7:30pm EMD Training Room
 Saturday Sessions 9am-12pm Training Room or EOC
 June Meeting 6/6: Digital Methods
 Goal: FLDigi, Packet
 July Meeting 7/4: No Meeting 
 August: No Meeting
 September Meeting 9/5:   SET Planning
 Goal:  review of local State SET plans 
             September Session 9/7: Expanding on Advanced topics and hands on passing via voice/data
             September 28th 8am-2pm: Michigan Fall S.E.T

 October Meeting 10/3:   Advanced NTS/Messaging 
 Goal:   In depth training on NTS procedures and Message passing/Logging; ICS-213 
             October Exercise 10/12: State SET
 November Meeting 11/7: Go Kits/portable Antennas; Roll up JPole, Simple Ground Plane, Aluminum J-Pole
 Goal: Discuss recommendations for Go Kits and Simple portable Antennas
             November Session 11/2: Antenna Build; 
 December Meeting 12/5: Planning 

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