Educational Web Sites

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  • ARRL On-line Emergency Communication Courses
  • FEMA Online Training
    Emergency Management Courses at a virtual school. Certificates are provided. Course and registration are free.
    FEMA Independent Study Program: Priority Courses:
    IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System
    IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
    IS-200 Basic Incident Command System (IS-100 is a pre-requisite)
    IS-800 National Response Plane, An Introduction
    IS-242 Effective Communication (There is a lot more to communication than talking on the radio. There are three parts to any communication; the sender, the receiver, and the channel. We are just the channel.)
  • Red Cross
    First Aid and CPR

  • Basic Storm Spotter Training

  • Community Hurricane Preparedness

  • The following sites offer some good training material and may be used for general training by the Philadelphia ARES group. Please note that as these are for Virginia RACES not everything may not be applicable to Philadelphia ARES.
  • RACES Training
    Courtesy of the Arlington, VA Radio Public Service Club

  • SATERN Training Courtesy of SATERN, North American Command, Chicago.

    Suggested Reading

  • The ARES E-Letter
  • The ARRL Emergency Communication Handbook
  • Emergency Power for Radio Communications -- by Michael Bryce, WB8VGE
  • ARES Field Resource Manual -- This manual is intended to serve as a quick trainer and field resource guide for the emergency communicator.
  • The ARRL Net Directory -- Also contains excellent Message handling instruction pages.
  • NOAA Storm Spotters Guide

  • Guidelines for supporting a Public Service Event.
    Reference page, miscellaneous information.