Web Page for Tom Green County, Texas
Amateur Radio Emergency Service, TGC-ARES.

Purpose

This web page will be a repository of documents, files, and training opportunities for use by members of TGC-ARES & RACES

Maps Check-in

Check-in Areas CITY

Check-in Areas COUNTY

Weather

NOAA WeatherSan Angelo

Underground WeatherSan Angelo

Storm Spotters Field Guide by NOAA

EOC & WX Station Radio Manuals

TS-140, HF at EOC

DR635E, VHF/UHF radio at EOC

MFJ 941E HF Antenna Tuner at EOC

ICOM 2720 at NWS

TM-241A, VHF radio at NWS

Maps

NOAA County Map

San Angelo Map - Visitor Center Handout

Tom Green County Map - Visitor Center Handout

City of San Angelo GIS map server

MARPLOT & CAMEO

MARPLOT Mapping Software

CAMEO Suite

Private Files

Directory For Private Files - ID and Password Needed

Net Documents

TGC ARES Net Script 05-15-11

TGC ARES Net Check-in form 05-15-11

Documents "Plans"

Memorandum of Understanding - City, County, and ARES.

Miscelllaneous Documents

San Angelo Area Repeaters

Roll Up Twin Lead Dual Band Antenna

ARES Registration Form

Ares Responder and ID Policy

Public Service Activity Report

Link to ARRL FSD-157 Form to report Public Service Activity to ARRL.

Traffic Handeling Training

Traffic Training by KA5AZK

Training, On Line

The National Response Framework (NRF) presents the guiding principles that enable all response partners to prepare for and provide a unified national response to disasters and emergencies. It establishes a comprehensive, national, all-hazards approach to an incident response. The Framework defines the principles, roles, and structures that organize how we respond as a nation. Government resources alone cannot meet all the needs of those affected by terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other catastrophic events. When disaster strikes, people throughout the community and our nation pitch in to help the response effort. Check out the web site at:  http://www.fema.gov/national-response-framework

Check out the National Response Framework Emergency Support Function (ESF) Annexes at: http://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-resource-library , for more information to include the Emergency Support Function #2 - Communications Annex. The Emergency Support Function (ESF) #2 – Communications, supports the restoration of communications infrastructure, coordinates communications support to response efforts, facilitates the delivery of information to emergency management decision makers, and assists in the stabilization and reestablishment of systems and applications from cyber-attacks during incidents. The direct link to this annex is at: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/32174?id=7351

The National Incident Management System (NIMS)( http://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system) is a systematic, proactive approach to guide all departments and agencies at all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards—regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity—in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment. NIMS is the essential foundation to the National Preparedness System (NPS) and provides the template for the management of incidents and operations in support of all five National Planning Frameworks. By using NIMS, communities are part of a comprehensive national approach that improves the effectiveness of emergency management and response personnel across the full spectrum of potential threats and hazards (including natural hazards, terrorist activities, and other human-caused disasters) regardless of size or complexity to provide a common approach for managing any incidents.

The national NIMS training program relates to the NIMS components of Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management and Command and Management and specifies the National Integration Center (NIC) and stakeholder responsibilities and activities for developing, maintaining and sustaining NIMS training. The NIMS Training Program outlines the responsibilities and activities that are consistent with the National Training Program, as mandated by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006.

Everyone involved in emergency management (to include emergency operation center personnel in support of the field, regardless of discipline or level of government, should take the NIMS baseline curriculum courses (Independent Study-700 and ICS-100). Incident command occurs in the field; therefore, the NIC recommends that only individuals with a command and general staff role take advanced ICS courses. Fulfilling the training associated with this plan helps emergency management organizations, departments and agencies to develop preparedness capabilities for effective and efficient incident management. As a result, trained emergency responders are available as mutual aid to support incident management in other jurisdictions, if requested. The NIMS Training Program should sustain a personnel qualification system that is coordinated, maintained and meets the needs of the emergency management community.

Emergency Support Function (ESF) identifies the procedures, resources and a structure for coordinating interagency support to provide emergency communications that are available for the uninterrupted flow of information during the response and recovery phases of a disaster. It ensures the coordination of related supplies, personnel and equipment, including the regional and catastrophic impact during the disaster. Also coordinates the effective restoration of communications after a disaster with the service providers and private utilities.

All ESFs are central in the overall operations of any Emergency Operations Center (EOC). It is essential that all Amateur Radio EmComm Operators understand all of the ESFs, particularly ESF #2, Communications.. ESF #2 supports all County departments and agencies in the procurement and coordination of all telecommunications services from the telecommunications and information technology (IT) industry during an incident response. ESF #2 identifies County actions to provide the required telecommunications and the restoration of that infrastructure. A good source for this training will be the FEMA IS-802 Course - Emergency Support Functions (ESF #2) - (http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-802) (10/31/2013)

The Incident Command System (ICS) is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure. ICS is normally structured to facilitate activities in five major functional areas: command, operations, planning, logistics, Intelligence & Investigations, finance and administration. It is a fundamental form of management, with the purpose of enabling incident managers to identify the key concerns associated with the incident—often under urgent conditions—without sacrificing attention to any component of the command system.

Amateur Radio operators, with the likelihood of serving in a supervisory role, leadership and/or managerial roles, should familiarize themselves with the ICS structure, forms, methods and procedures in helping them in the organizing of volunteers to support public service activities and communications emergencies. It would be highly effective for an Amateur Radio operator, assigned to a served agency command post, who would be assigned as the Amateur Radio liaison to be fully trained in the Incident Command System. Each Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group should have a cadre of individuals "fully trained" in ICS to work, prepare and organize and support local community events and work in the coordination with local governmental and other emergency response organizations to the system to deploy their services in providing communications when needed in an emergency. The 'higher up' the pyramid an individual Amateur Radio operator serves, the more important ICS training becomes.

ICS courses are available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are FREE for everyone to take. Check out the following web links for the most current version of the courses.

◦ FEMA IS-100 Course - Introduction to Incident Command System - (http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b)
◦ FEMA IS-200 Course - Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents - (http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-200.b)
◦ FEMA IS-700 Course - National Incident Management System (NIMS) - (http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a)
◦ FEMA IS-800 Course - National Response Framework - (http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-800.b)

After you have completed any of the courses, please send me a copy of your certificate to put in your group file.

Thanks,
Mike Dominy- KD5URW
Tom Green County ARES Emergency Coordinator

Email: kd5urw@arrl.net

For a problem with this page contact Bob Heiser W7IKT

This page last revised April 29, 2015.

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