Training

2022 Training Activities.

All scheduled training activities for 2022 have been completed. Contact training@k0ecs.org if you have questions.

If you are becoming certified as an ECS member for 2022 or re-certifying to remain an ECS member the deadline for completion of all required activities was March 31, 2022.

ECS Weather Spotter Training.

To meet ECS requirements and schedule, a spotter training video presentation by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK will be used. Click here to view the video. The weather spotter exam will be based on this video and will be posted soon.

ECS Protocols Training - Completed: Protocols training was held virtually on January 24. If you missed this session and need to schedule a makeup, contact training@k0ecs.org.

ECS Protocols Exercise. - Completed. All 4 of the Protocols Exercise sessions have been completed. If you need this exercise to become certified or re-certified, contact training@k0ecs.org to discuss makeup possibilities.

Weather Spotting and Protocols Testing

The deadline for completing the weather spotting and protocols exams was March 31. Contact training@k0ecs.org if you have questions.

Background Check.
If you were a member in good standing for 2021, you do not need to complete a background check for 2022.

If you were not a member in good standing in 2021, you must submit the background check form directly to the County sometime between January 1 and February 28, 2023.

Click here to download the background check form and follow the instructions on the form.


Training Requirements

Training requirements differ depending on your ECS membership status. Review the 3 categories below for the training requirements that apply to you. All activities below must be completed by March 31, 2022 (except as noted) to be certified for 2022. If you missed the deadline, contact training@k0ecs.org.

1. For those who wish to become a member of ECS for the first time or whose membership has expired/lapsed.

  • Complete your FEMA ICS-100 and 700 courses and submit completion certificates to training@k0ecs.org. (links to the FEMA Courses are at the bottom of the "Join" page.)

  • Complete the Member Info Form

  • Pay your membership dues ($5.00) (see below for instructions)

  • Complete the background check form and submit it directly to Johnson County Emergency Management (directions on the form). This step must be completed between January 1 and February 28 to allow the County time to process the background check.

  • Attend the Protocols Training

  • Attend a session of the Protocols Exercise

  • Attend the NWS Weather Spotter Training seminar

  • Complete the Protocols and Weather Spotting tests on-line.

2. For existing members whose certification expires in 2022:

  • Complete the Member Info Form

  • Pay your dues ($5.00) (see below for instructions)

  • Complete the Protocols and Weather Spotting tests on-line.

  • Attend a session of the ECS Protocols Exercise.

Attendance at the Protocols Training, and Weather Spotter Training is optional, but highly recommended.

3. For existing members whose certification expires in 2023:

  • Complete the Member Info Form

  • Pay your dues ($5.00) (see below for instructions)

    Members are encouraged to participate as fully as possible in training activities each year - even if their certification isn't expiring.

Dues Payment

All ECS members must pay annual dues ($5.00) to become or to remain certified. Annual payment of dues is required whether or not you need to recertify.

Dues may be paid as follows:

  • By check made out to "Johnson County ECS" and mailed to:
    Bill Gery KA2FNK, Treasurer
    11208 W 51st Terrace
    Shawnee, KS 66203

  • By PayPal - Click here to pay your $5.00 dues by PayPal.

Dues must be paid in full by March 31 of each year.

Amateur Radio Operator Credentialing Requirements and Resource Typing.

Johnson County ECS is a member of the the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Council (MECC) and has coordinated member credentialing requirements and resource typing with other Metro KC emergency communications organizations. All members must be at least Type IV operators. Net controllers must be at least Type III operators. Operators who complete their requirements for membership in ECS (see the Join page) are automatically classified as Type IV operators.

Contact training@k0ecs.org for a summary of the MECC Amateur Radio Operator resource typing categories and requirements and instructions for applying for a resource type upgrade.

Click here for access to the FEMA website with the complete list of independent study courses.

ECS members may request an upgrade of their operator classification through the MECC by completing this form and submitting evidence of completion of the required FEMA courses as instructed on the form.