Amateur Radio Emergency Services Resource Page

ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)   

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.

 FCC Amateur Radio Service


FEMA www.fema.gov

Incident Command System (ICS) FEMA ICS Resouce Center

Is a standardized management tool for meeting the demands of small or large emergency or nonemergency situations. Represents "best practices" and has become the standard for emergency management across the country. May be used for planned events, natural disasters, and acts of terrorism. Is a key feature of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

ARES Related FEMA Incident Command Training 


 FEMA’s Independent Study Program

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. To get a complete listing of courses, click here.

FEMA’s Independent Study Program offers courses that support the nine mission areas identified by the National Preparedness Goal.

  • Incident Management
  • Operational Planning
  • Disaster Logistics
  • Emergency Communications
  • Service to Disaster Victims
  • Continuity Programs
  • Public Disaster Communications
  • Integrated Preparedness
  • Hazard Mitigation

 National Interoperability Field Operations Guide

The DHS  Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) publishes the National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) as a reference guide for public safety radio technicians and communications planners. The waterproof, pocket-sized guide (also available in PDF format) contains radio regulations, tables of radio channels, and technical reference information. This guide is ideal for those establishing or repairing emergency communications in a disaster area

Ready Responder:  Do you have a Plan? Ready.gov

  • Build an emergency supply kit.
  • Make a family emergency plan.
  • Be informed about the types of emergencies that you may be called upon to respond to, and teach your family about what they should do when a disaster strikes.
  • Prepare for any special considerations like individuals with access or functional needs, older adults, children, ands pets.


National Weather Service


Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)  Radio Communications Dashboard

Storm Prediction Center (Severe Weather, Tornadoes)

National Hurricane Center

WX4NHC - Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center




PHMSA's 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook


 Florida Satewide Amateur Radio Netwrok (SARnet)