Mandatory FEMA Training

The Department of Homeland Security now requires all volunteers, including Amateur Radio Operators to be certificated in at least IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and IS-800b course material. For non-governmental employees and others without access to classroom instruction, these courses are available as Independent Study, on-line courses and are free of charge.

As of May 22, 2006, Those Amateur Operators that may be deployed To EOC's, Command Posts, PSAP's, or other points where interface with emergency management or government officials at any level is expected, are also required to complete IS-800b.


In addition Durham County Emergency Management requires all ARES/RACES participants in order to obtain Durham Co credentials to have training on the Incident Command Structure (ICS) via the courses listed above and ICS 704a which is a Intro to Communications Course. Upon completion, please provide your EC with copies of your certification.


Additional Training Opportunities for ARES Members;

Durham ARES Training Opportunities .
There are three major areas:
1. General ARES Training
2. Training to help us work with our served agencies
3. Durham ARES Specific Training
Information on registering for these courses, course format, etc. is included in the Course Description section following the roadmap.
[ * ] = Available Online
[ __ ] = Required by Served Agency

ARRL Courses

EC-001 Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course*
EC-002* and EC-003* being revised into 1 course, due Fall 2009 release.

FEMA Courses

ICS-100* Incident Command System – Basic Level 1
ICS-200* Incident Command System – Basic Level 2
ICS-700b* National Incident Management System - Introduction
ICS-800* National Response Plan – Introduction (EOC deployed personnel only)
IS-22* Are You Ready, - Intro to Disaster Preparedness
IS-275* Role of EOC in Community Preparedness , Response and Recovery
IS-317* Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams ( CERT)

American Red Cross

Fulfilling Our Mission* Standard First Aid
Mass Care: Overview CPR w/AED
Shelter Operations Disaster Assessment
Shelter Simulation
Disaster Response Technology (Red Cross Communications)

NOAA / Skywarn

Basic Spotter Training * (renew every 2 years)
Advanced Spotter Training *

Other ARES Groups

Kentucky Section ARES
Emergency Communications Course * Part 1 and Part 2
Net Control Operator Course*

Colorado Section ARES
ECom Introduction* – Basic Emergency Communications Course

Durham ARES Specific
• Go Kits and Deployment Preparation
• Directed and Tactical Nets
• Intro to ICS-213 Message Handling
• Other Local Opportunities

Course Descriptions

In terms of General ARES training, the ARRL offers the ARESCOM Courses:
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications EC-001 - Introduction to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications. A basic course to raise awareness and provide additional knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. This course has 23 lesson units, is expected to take approximately 25 hours to complete over an 8-week period. This course is highly recommended for all ARES members.

Note EC-002 and 003 are being revised into one course with a projected Fall 2009 release
• Amateur Radio Emergency Communications EC-002 – Intermediate Amateur Radio Emergency Communications.
• Amateur Radio Emergency Communications EC-003 - Advanced Amateur Radio Emergency Communications.

All of the above courses are Internet-based, self-paced (within the 8 week period) and consist of learning experiences on-line, on the air, and working over the Internet via e-mail with a mentor.

In terms of training to help us work with our served agencies:

DHS IS-100 Incident Command System, Basic
DHS Description: This course is designed to give an introduction to the principles, common terminology and position responsibilities when responding to an event using the Incident Command System.

DHS IS-200 Incident Command System, Basic
DHS Description: This course has been developed to compliment the IS-100 course for the Federal disaster response workforce, and to take the student’s education to the I-200 level.

DHS IS-700b National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction
DHS Description: On February 28, 2003, President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5. HSPD-5 directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.The DHS IS-700 Course introduces NIMS and takes approximately three hours to complete. It explains the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS. The course also contains “Planning Activity” screens giving you an opportunity to complete some planning tasks during this course. The planning activity screens are printable so that you can use them after you complete the course.

DHS IS-800 National Response Plan, An Introduction
DHS Description: The NRP provides a framework to ensure that we can all work together when our Nation is threatened.
This course completes what I call the “alphabet soup” courses. Which are IS-100, IS-200 & IS-700. These give you a good insight into the Federal mindset of how command is handled in situations where multiple agencies respond.

NOTE: IS-700 NIMS is the most important of all of these courses for any ARES member, but leaders should take IS-100 and IS-200 first.

DHS IS-22 Are You Ready?: An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
DHS Description: This guide has been prepared for direct dissemination to the general public and is based on the most reliable hazard awareness and emergency education information available at the time of publication, including advances in scientific knowledge, more accurate technical language and the latest physical research on what happens in disasters. Every adult or high-school student in America should be encouraged to take this course. It does not require using the on-line system so no technological expertise is required. While I feel it is important, as far as ARES I think it is optional.

DHS IS-275 Role of the Emergency Operations Center in Community Preparedness, Response & Recovery
DHS Description: The goal of this independent study course is to provide the user with the understanding of the vital role an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) plays in the overall community’s preparedness, response, and recovery activities. It is a prerequisite for G-275, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Management and Operations.
Notes; This course is vital to understanding what FEMA/DHS thinks an EOC should do and should be highly recommended for all ARES Leaders, and required for CALC and strongly suggested for DECs.

DHS IS-317 Introduction to Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
DHS Description: Introduction to CERT
Notes: This course is vital to understanding what FEMA/DHS thinks the CERT teams should do and should be highly recommended for all ARES leaders, and strongly suggested for DECs. THIS IS NOT CERT TRAINING. CERT Training can only be done in a “classroom” type class. There are skills taught which required “hands-on”. This is training in working with CERTs.

Red Cross Introduction to Disaster:
This is the key course to take before the American Red Cross will permit you to take their other courses.

Red Cross Damage Assessment:
Available at local Red Cross Chapter. This course is in the process of be revised and renamed; “Disaster Assessment”. I will try to keep everybody informed of the latest, but if there are any questions contact your local American Red Cross Chapter

NOAA Skywarn Spotter Sessions:
Information on Skywarn Spotter Sessions can be found at Both the Basic and Advanced Spotter Sessions are suggested for all ARES Members.

DNC-ARES Specific Training:

In terms of training that is specific to DNC-ARES the following are topics which will be very helpful during an activation/deployment
• Go Kits and Deployment Preparation
• Directed and Tactical Nets
• Formal NTS Message Handling
• Red Cross Introduction to Disaster
• National Incident Management System (NIMS) and how ARES fits into the Incident Command System structure of NIMS