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Washington County, Iowa, ARES® Training

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ARRL Courses:
DHS Seal FEMA Courses:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now requires all volunteers, including amateur radio operators, to have completed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) IS-100.c, IS-200.b, IS-700.b and IS-800.c course material. These courses are available as on-line independent-study courses that are free of charge at the links above.

All amateur radio operators participating in emergencies must have completed the FEMA training courses. A secondary reason for requiring these courses is that grant money from various government organizations requires certification of all emergency participants, including volunteers.

All members must have a common understanding of the ICS. The baseline courses are defined above.

We also recommend either the free KYHam or the ARRL EC-001 course (soon to be available to all ARES members) so that everyone has the fundamental knowledge of how amateur radio operates as part of emergency communications.

ARRL Iowa Section ARES® Code of Conduct

In order to be a member of ARES® you shall have a valid Amateur Radio license issued by the Federal Communications Commission, must complete the 4 basic on-line courses and should complete 1 more on-line course – that’s it!

To register with ARES®, complete ARRL Form FSD-98 and send, or give it to your local EC - Emergency Coordinator or AEC - Assistant Emergency Coordinator.
In Washington County, Iowa, the EC is Mark Lukins, ABØDX and the AEC is Lynn Reasor, NØXOB

Most hams interested in ARES® have a basic understanding of FM voice communication, as a result of the popularity of 2 Meters and the low price of radios for that band and mode. With the practice that comes from net check-ins, public service events and our exercises, this skill level will allow you to contribute during emergencies.

ARES® members are expected to own a computer with an Internet connection and have some knowledge of its operation. Email is our primary tool for newsletters and day-to-day communications.

More FEMA Courses for ARES®®

Message handling

Filling Out the ICS 213 General Message Form (PDF)
San Diego ARES® Message Handling Tutorial
New York City ARECS-Message Handling Using the ICS 213 Form (PDF)