Emergency Communication Course EC-001

We are sorry for the short notice!

Dates: January 9 and January 16, 2016

Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day

Place: Mission Viejo Community Center. Address and map will be available on website: http://orange-arrl.org

Course Cost: $15.00 for course and book.

Hope you can register soon… Don’t forget there’s pre-requisites for ICS-100b & ICS-700.  Also not indicated in the below letter bring your own sack lunch” both Saturdays as none is provided and no time to go out, we will have a working lunch.

UPDATE:  To register email Cathy at cjscreek@me.com before the course starts.

Please see the below for more information:


Emergency Communication Course EC-001

Introduction to Emergency Communications, course number EC–001, is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. The class is conducted in a classroom setting,  The instructor is an ARRL qualified instructor that has given this course on multiple occasions since 2010. This course will be current with the latest information available.

The class given is a hybrid format which gives the instructor the opportunity to introduce information that is relevant to the local community. In the classroom, mentor/instructors will explain how the content of the course fits with the kinds of emergency responses you might be called upon to engage in your local community. A final exam is given at the end of the second session that requires a passing score of 80% or higher to receive a Certificate of Completion for the course.  Test is optional.

The course is open to all amateur radio operators and those who work in disaster service areas and emergency communication organizations such as  CERT, ACS, SKYWARN, SATERN, RACES, ARES, Red Cross and others.

Send a check or money order payable to Carl Gardenias books will be available in the class on January 9, 2016. You Must Be Registered For The Class in order to receive a book. We cannot guarantee book availability.

Send payment to:  Carl Gardenias, 20902 Gardenias St., Perris, CA 92570

Test cost: $15.00 paid to the ARRL Field examiners at the time of the exam cash or check only. The test is not a requirement if you do not wish to have a certificate.

Instructor: Carl Gardenias, WU6D, is a certified instructor for this course by ARRL                       and has given the course numerous times since 2010. Also, he is the                     ARRL Orange Section Manager.

For further information: Please contact Cathy K6VC – cjscreek@me.com

Description. This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. The course has 6 sections with 29 lesson topics. It includes required student activities, a 35-question final assessment and is expected to take approximately 16 + (homework assignments) hours to complete.

The objective is for students to gain practical knowledge as well as hands-on experience, essential and crucial to being prepared for local activation.

The course material and related Student Activities have been gathered and produced by Emergency Communications experts all over the country. They’ve been developed in a generic format as a baseline for general widespread use. The classroom instructors will explain how the content of the course fits with the kinds of emergency responses you might be called upon to engage in your local community. The students will be familiarized with the emergency responders in their community,  that will include practice activities, to teach the course content and be adapted to their local situation to make them as practical and relevant as possible. The objective is that students comprehend the lesson material and gain practical knowledge as well as hands-on experience, essential—and crucial—to being prepared for local activation.

Prerequisites. Before you begin the course you should have completed the following prerequisites. These courses provide a foundation for the content of this course.  These are free mini-courses you can take online at http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp.

Please note: When you, you take the test on November 21, 2015, you will be asked to provide a IS100.b & IS-700 dates that you took these online exams.

This course is a revision of our former Emergency Communications Basic/Level I, II, III course.

Course Syllabus

Section 1: The Framework: How You Fit In

  1. Introduction to Emergency Communications 2. Amateurs as Professionals 3. Network Theory and Design 4. Emergency Communications Organizations and Systems 5. Served Agency Communications Systems A. Served Agency Communications Systems B. Working Directly with the Public

Section 2: The Networks for Messages

  1. Basic Communications Skills 7. Net Operations: A. Basic Net Operations B. Introduction to Emergency Nets C. Net Operating Guidelines D. The FCC Ruling on Drills and Employees 8. The Net Control Station 9. Net Control Station Operator Practices 10. The Net Manager 11. Introduction to the National Traffic System 12. Specialized Net Operations 13. Severe Weather Nets

Section 3: Message Handling

14and.15 Basic Message Handling/digital mode

Section 4: What Happens When Called

  1. The Incident Command System 17. Preparing for Deployment 18. Equipment Choices 19. Emergency Activation 20. Setting Up, Initial Operations and Shutdown

Section 5: Considerations

  1. Operations & Logistics 22. Safety & Survival 23. ARES PIO: The Right Stuff 24. Alternative Communication Methods 25. What to Expect in Large Disasters 26. Hazardous Materials Awareness 27. Marine Communications

Section 6: Alternatives and Opportunities

  1. Modes, Methods and Applications 29. Other Learning Opportunities