Emergency Communications Training

Basis & Purpose

Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.

Amateur radio operators are strongly encouraged to obtain emergency communications (EmComm) training. A fundamental understanding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) coordinated mission with regard to emergency communications will provide you with a solid foundation upon which to build your EmComm knowledge and skills. Key to obtaining a fundamental understanding is satisfactorily completing the Independent Study Program courses IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800.

One of the best ways to obtain EmComm training, gain experience, and improve your EmComm skills is to become a member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

To learn more about ARES, please read the American Radio Relay League’s Public Service Communications Manual.