Emergency Communications Training

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Upcoming Meetings, Training and Exercise Events
Calendar updated 3/7/2020
Events are being cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

*Seattle EOC Responder Classes March/April: see ACS website & Upcoming ACS Training PDF
*EOC Fundamentals & in Practice, March 24 & 25
*EOC Fundamentals & in Practice, April 1 & 2
*EOC Primer & in Practice, April 4
Communications Academy, South Seattle College, April 24, 25 & 26
ACES Basic Training, Renton, May 2 & 3
ICS Combination Course, TBA, May 13 at 8AM
ICS Combination Course, TBA, August 12 at 8AM
ICS Combination Course, TBA, November 4 at 8AM
EOC-to-EOC Exercises on 5th Saturdays
*EOC volunteer classes require ACS MembershipHow to join ACS
Event details are provided in the calendar.


The purpose of this EmComm webpage is to help FCC licensed amateur radio operators to train and become credentialed to join/support Seattle ACS, King County ARES/RACES, Washington State,  and various other government/NGO disaster responders. Some URLs are linked via TinyURL.com due to SSL issues.

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EmComm Elmers

Elmers updated 1-30-2020


EmComm Training Resources

Training Resources updated March-14-2020 –> Item 12: added IS-520 & IS-522

  1. ACES: See Oregon ACES
  2. ACS: See Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services
  3. Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES©)    Wikipedia
  4. APCO: Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International Wikipedia
  5. ARES/RACES of King County
  6. ARRL Emergency Communications Training  > FAQs  | Online Course Catalog
  7. CDC: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  8. CERT: Community Emergency Response Team  See SNAP
  9. Civil Air Patrol (CAP)
  10. Communications Academy  
  11. Emergency Alert System (EAS)
  12. FEMA Independent Study > Register for Student ID  |  Login
  13. GETS: Government Emergency Telecommunications Service   Wikipedia   See WPS
  14. Homeland Security
  15. ITU International Telecommunications Union
  16. ITU Phonetic Alphabet   PDF
  17. Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)  is an architecture that unifies the United States’ Emergency Alert System, National Warning System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, and NOAA Weather Radio, under a single platform. Wikipedia
  18. King County Emergency Management Training
  19. King County Search And Rescue
  20. Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS)  |  Links    Wikipedia
  21. MST:  See Western Washington Medical Services Emergency Communications Team
  22. National Communications System (NCS) Wikipedia
    • FAQ >  PDF 15 pages. Caveat: PDF displays but NCS.gov is out of service as of 1-29-2020.
  23. National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a common, nationwide approach to enable the whole community to work together to manage all threats and hazards.
  24. National Registry of Certified EmComm Volunteers (NRCEV)
  25. National Traffic System (NTS)  | ARRL Radiogram  Wikipedia
  26. National Warning System (NAWAS)   Wikipedia
  27. National Weather Service (NWS)  See SKYWARN
  28. Oregon ACES (Amateur Communications Emergency Solutions)
  29. PNWDigital.net
  30. Proword or Procedure Word   Wikipedia  See Ten-code
  31. PSAP: Public Service Answering Point | 9-1-1  Wikipedia
  32. Puget Sound Energy ARES
  33. RACES: Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service Wikipedia | US 47 CFR §97.407
  34. REACT: Radio Emergency Associated Communication Teams Wikipedia
  35. SATERN: Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network |
  36. Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS)
  37. Seattle OEM Voluntary Services  – Includes Seattle ACS link
  38. SHARES: Shared Resources High Frequency | Access
  39. SKYWARN  Wikipedia   See National Weather Service (NWS)
  40. SNAP: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare     See CERT
  41. Ten-code Wikipedia   See Proword
  42. Trunked radio system (TRS)   Wikipedia
  43. US Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) | Maritime Telecommunications
  44. Washington State Active Incidents
  45. Washington State Amateur Emergency Communications
  46. Washington State Emergency Management Division > Training Calendar
  47. Washington State Training and Exercise Plan (TEP) 2020-2022  (PDF, 44 pages)
  48. Western Washington Medical Services Emergency Communications Team (MST)
  49. WPS: Wireless Priority Service    Wikipedia    Set GETS
  50. OMEGA

ARRL: ARES Resources

ARES Resources updated 1-29-2020

  1. ARES Overview
  2. Download the ARES Manual [PDF]
  3. ARES Field Resources Manual [PDF]
  4. ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book [Fillable PDF]
  5. ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book [Word]
  6. ARES Plan
  7. ARES Group Registration
  8. Emergency Communications Training
  9. Served Agencies and Partners
  10. Field Service Forms

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

How to Get Involved in ARES: Fill out the ARES Registration form and submit it to your local Emergency Coordinator.

Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course Level 1  – Version 4 – February 2009 – 314 PPT Slides
It has a lot of slides about emergencies in Washington State from the early 2000’s.
To take the latest ARECC introductory course, see Course #: EC-001 > Course outline PDF

EmComm Nets

Nets updated Feb-7-2020

Seattle ACS

  • Mondays: 7 PM

Washington State Emergency Net (WSEN)

  • Mondays: Regional and county, 6:30 PM Pacific Time (or as determined by the DEC or EC)
  • Saturdays: Statewide, 9 AM Pacific Time
  • Local nets by region  See Region 6

King County Weekly ARES/RACES Net

Puget Sound Energy Amateur Radio Emergency Services Net scripts and frequencies

Western Washington Medical Services Emergency Communications Team (MST)

  • Thursdays, 7:30 PM


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