Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)
- Download the ARES Manual [PDF]
- ARES Field Resources Manual [PDF]
- ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book [Fillable PDF]
- ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book [Word]
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.
ARES Membership Requirements
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.
The FEMA classes IS 100/200/700/800 are all available online.
Prerequisites. Before you begin the course you should have completed the following prerequisites. These courses provide a foundation for the content of this course:
- ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 1/ Basic (EC-001)
- Skywarn Training
To become a full ARES member you will need to take the following online courses.
FEMA IS 100, 200, 700 and 800, and ARES EC-001.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) courses::
- IS-100.c-ICS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System
- IS-200.c-ICS-200 for Single Incidents and Initial Action Incidents
- IS-700.b NIMS: An Introduction
- IS-800.c National Response Framework
Intro to EmComm Online