EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING
Getting or Advancing Your Amateur License
Within Sumter County, The Villages Amateur Radio Club offers and Technician Class and Test (k4vrc.com) beginning in September and a General Class and Test beginning in January. Check their website and sign up for a class. Monthly testing on the third Saturday of each month is provided by the Lake Amateur Radio Club (k4fc.org) Check with each Club as to fulfilling your training and testing needs.
It is recommend that you use www.hamtestonline.com for upgrading to General or Extra. It is also a great way to obtain your Technician (first) license.
Scheduled Radio Nets
The Nets enable one to apply some of the material that was contained in the Technician Class manual. Items such as the ITU phonetic alphabet, some of the Q abbreviations, and other information. Additional information can be found under Ecomm training on this website. Other opportunities for polishing one's skills will be classroom training exercises and fairly frequent event exercises that will provide different tasks to perform utilizing communications.
Online Emergency Communications Training
Not all courses are required. See Membership for more information as it has the basis for each organizational position. These courses require a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID). If you do not have one, register for one at http://cdp.dhs.gov/feamsid. You will provide the SID when you take the class test. Shortly after taking the test, you will receive an email stating that you passed and a link to your certificate or that you failed and encouraging you to review and take the test again. Find a safe place to keep your SID as you will need it to take additional courses and if you lose your certificate.
IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and initial Action Incidents
IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction
Suggested FEMA Courses:
For those who are or might be in an Emergency Operations Center environment, this is a useful course.
Optional FEMA Courses:
These courses will broaden your perspectives regarding disaster and how complicated they are. There are also courses to build useful disaster skills. These are also listed as pre-requisites for one or the other ARRL EmComm courses list below
ARRL Emergency Communications (EmComm) Training (Optional):
There is NO reimbursement toward money spent on ARRL courses.
Net Control Station (NCS) Training (Optional):
Becoming a Net Control Operator is a greatly needed skill that everyone should strive for. Sooner or later, there will be a situation where you are the only one arround.
Just In Time Disaster Training Videos
The videos found in this library cover disaster related mitigation, preparation, response and recovery training for a wide variety of areas.
Last Update: 09/12/2016 © Copyright Sumter County ARES. All Rights Reserved.