Information On ARES/RACES in West Tenn.
ARES is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and is a service branch of the American Radio Relay League. ARES is made up of amateur radio operators who have registered their time and equipment in order to be a useful communicator in times of disaster.
To join ARES, contact your county Emergency Coordinator (EC). Your county EC can be found by going to the internet site: www.tnarrl.org/. Or you could visit a local ham club meeting and ask who the EC is for that county.
Information on Tennessee FEMA courses can be found at TN EMA
Professional Development Series
These courses are certainly not required, but taking the courses will add to your resume' and increase your capabilities no matter what your profession.
IS-230.b Fundamentals of Emergency Management
This course is the first introductory course in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Management Institute’s (EMI) Independent Study Professional Development Series (PDS). Its goal is to introduce you to the fundamentals of emergency management (EM) as an integrated system, and how its resources and capabilities can be networked together for all hazards.
All communities are vulnerable to a variety of hazards. Emergency management provides a structure for anticipating and dealing with Preparedness, Prevention, Protection, Response, Recovery and Mitigation of, those hazards.
Emergency management involves participants at all governmental levels, the private sector, non-governmental (voluntary) organizations, and individuals. Activities are geared according to phases before, during, and after emergency or disaster events. The effectiveness of emergency management rests on the ability of this network to support our citizens and first responders.
The PDS includes a series of seven Emergency Management Institute independent study courses that provide a well-rounded set of fundamentals for those in the emergency management profession. Many students build on this foundation with additional training, education and exercises to develop their careers.
The additional six courses in the Professional Development Series are:
IS-139 Exercise Design
IS-235.a Emergency Planning
IS-240.a Leadership and Influence
IS-241.a Decision Making and Problem Solving
IS-242.a Effective Communication
IS- 244.a Developing and Managing Volunteers
You might also want to add IS-120.a An Introduction to Exercises to the list.
Emergency VHF Antennas
The advantage of the slim-jim over the j-pole is that there is a 3 dB gain with the slim-jim and the main angle of radiation is lower. It is simple to build. Check out some of the files below or search the internet.