Training Library

Welcome to the Harris County ARES training section. ARES® training is a personal commitment on your part. Your leadership team; SEC, DEC, ADEC, EC & AEC’s will gladly assist you but they can’t do it for you. Training is broken out by general topic material. Any of this material may be used by any ARES/RACES/REACT/CAP unit as a part of their weekly training nets in whole or part and may be changed to meet the unit requirements.

2023 Harris County ARES Coordinated Training


EME-101 Alert Readiness
EME-102 Disaster Scene
EME-103 Emergency vs Disaster
EME-104 Emergency – Ida Redux
EME-105 Evacuation Chart
EME-106 Evacuations
EME-107 Legalities Emergency Communication
EME-108 Harris County Homeland Security
EME-111 Ready or Not??
EME-112 Wilderness
EME-113 Wireless Response
EME-114 Simulated Emergency Test (SET)
EME-115 Emergency / Disaster Com Plan for family
EME-116 Hazardous Material
EME-117 Attitude and EmComm
EME-118 Alternative Methods of Communication
EME-119 Hospital Emergency Communication
EME-120 Disaster Communications/General Procedure
EME-121 Emergency Operations Deployment
EME-122 How Repeaters Are Used During Emergencies


FMA-101 Incident Command System History and Overview
FMA-102 IS-100A Introduction to ICS
FMA-103 IS-200.A ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
FMA-104 IS-700.A National Incident Management System, An Introduction
FMA-105 IS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction
FMA-106 IS-26 Guide to Points of Distribution
FMA-107 ICS Org Structure
FMA-108 ICS Resources & Facilities
FMA-109 ICS Structure Chart
FMA-110 Where We Fit

Knowledge Based Training

KNW-101 Area Repeater Map
KNW-102 Are you ready?
KNW-103 Basic Communication
KNW-104 Canned Ham
KNW-105 Coax Comparison 1
KNW-106 Coax Comparison 2
KNW-107 Cross Band Repeat
KNW-108 Extend HT Range
KNW-109 Fixed J-Pole Antennas 1
KNW-110 Fixed J-Pole Antennas 2
KNW-111 Portable Generator Operation & Safety
KNW-112 Go Bag Part 1
KNW-113 Go Bag 2
KNW-114 Inappropriate Use
KNW-115 Know Your Radio
KNW-116 Light Duty Tripod
KNW-117 Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS)
KNW-118 NVIS 2 (Not Suitable for Net presentation)
KNW-119 NVIS 3 (Not Suitable for Net presentation)
KNW-120 Power Pole 101
KNW-121 Power Coax Cases
KNW-122 Anderson PowerPole Connectors
KNW-123 Roll up J-Pole Antennas
KNW-124 Two Way 101
KNW-125 Ham Typing
KNW-127 Battery Selection & Safety
KNW-128 Being “In Charge”
KNW-129 Charging Batteries
KNW-130 Selecting A Generator
KNW-131 Protecting from EMP
KNW-132 Wireless and the Titanic
KNW-133 Vacation Go-Kits
KNW-134 Family First
KNW-135 ITU Phonetics
KNW-136 Organize Radio Memories
KNW-137 Amateur Operation In Other Countries
KNW-138 Winterize / Maintain Gas Powered Equip
KNW-139 Generic Plan / Widespread – Extended Utility Outages
KNW-140 Choosing A Radio For EmComm
KNW-141 Evacuation Grab And Go Kit
KNW-142 Working In An Incident Command Vehicle
KNW-143 Operational Stress
KNW-144 Prepare For Deployment
KNW-145 Basic Operating Principles
KNW-146 NVIS Antenna Test
KNW-147 Trailer Mounted Towers
KNW-148 Communicating Effectively Lesson 1
KNW-149 Communicating Effectively Lesson 2
KNW-150 Water Storage and Purification
KNW-151 Third party communication
KNW-152 Gasoline Storage and Generator Maintenance
KNW-153 Major Emergency Event Preparedness
KNW-154 Is Amateur Radio Becoming Obsolete for Emergency Communications
KNW-155 Disaster or Major Emergency – What Can Be Expected?
KNW-156 ARES As A Group
KNW-157 Amber Alert and HAM Radio
KNW-158 Snow Storms, Ice Storms and Blizzards
KNW-159 Pandemic Influenza
KNW-160 How To Sound Like An Experienced Operator
KNW-161 Antenna Polarization
KNW-162 Hospital Radio Teams
KNW-163 Basics of ICS
KNW-164 ICS Organizational Structure
KNW-165 ICS Resources and Facilities
KNW-166 Organization of an ICS Structure
KNW-167 Where Do We Fit In An ICS Structure?
KNW-168 Repeater Etiquette And Insights (New 3 Aug 2020)
KNW-169 Emergency Deployments – Its Not Just Talking On The Radio (New 19 Apr 2021)
KNW-170 Harris County ARES Info Resources (New 1 Jan 2022)
KNW-171 Water Warnings & Purification (New 1 Jan 2022)
KNW-172 Conduct Threat – Needs Assessment (New 1 Jan 2022)
KNW-173 Why We Train (New 1 Jan 2022)


MSG-101 Basic Message Forms
MSG-102 Basic Message Parts
MSG-103 Basic Traffic Handling
MSG-104 Radiogram
MSG-105 Radiogram Instructions
MSG-106 ARRL Message Format
MSG-107 NTS SAR and PSHR Reporting


NET-101 ARES Nets
NET-102 Net Control
NET-103 Tactical Nets
NET-104 Operating Tactical Nets
NET-105 Tactical Calls
NET-106 Operating in Emergency Nets
NET-107 Operating in an Emergency
NET-108 Incident After Action Report
NET-109 WAN Communication Outage
NET-110 Break Tags
NET-111 Prowords I
NET-112 Prowords II
NET-113 The Net Control Station
NET-114 Net Control Tips
NET-115 Field Day
NET-116 Indecision Can Kill
NET-117 Communications Guidelines
NET-118 ARES Net Operations Tidbits
NET-119 Logging and Record Keeping
NET-120 Communication Training Review


PRO-101 Amateurs as Professionals PT-I
PRO-102 Amateurs as Professionals PT-II
PRO-103 Amateurs as Professionals PT-III

Public service

PSV-101 Bike Ride Survival Guide
PSV-102 Public Service Event Coordinator
PSV-103 Rest Stop
PSV-104 What is a SAG
PSV-105 Marathon Best Practices
PSV-106 Working With Public Safety Officials
PSV-107 Public Service Events
PSV-108 What Is A Shadow
PSV-109 Optimize Your Effectiveness In Public Service Events
PSV-110 Amateur Radio POD Operations Support


SAF-101 Generator Safety
SAF-102 Heat Advisory
SAF-103 Heat Related Illness
SAF-104 Safety Tips, Recovery Operations (Updated 1 Jan 2020)
SAF-106 How To Store Gasoline For An Emergency
SAF-107 Hide OR Run
SAF-108 Hazardous Materials Incidents
SAF-109 Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
SAF-110 Amateur Radio And Electrical Safety
SAF-111 Why Lives Are Lost
SAF-112 Lightning Safety
SAF-113 Personal Safety
SAF-114 Preparing To Shelter In Place – Radiation Emergency
SAF-115 Disaster Driving…ARES style


WEA-101 Lightening Protection 1
WEA-102 Lightening Protection 2
WEA-103 Lightening Protection 3
WEA-104 Lightening Protection 4
WEA-105 Storm Spotter
WEA-106 Tropical Weather Terminology
WEA-107 Turn Around, Don’t Drown®
WEA-108 Heading Toward Hurricane Season
WEA-109 Hurricane Guide
WEA-110 Be Hurricane Ready
WEA-111 Houston/Galveston NWS Radio Ops
WEA-112 Allen and Rita
WEA-113 Tropical Cyclone Hazards
WEA-114 Winter Weather Definitions

ARRL / WGD / South Texas / District 14

DIS-101 District 14 Emergency Communications Plan
DIS-101A Mobilization Procedure
DIS-101B Alert Definitions and Increased Readiness Conditions
DIS-101C An Introduction to the District 14 Emergency Plan
DIS-101D RRT’s and Other Abbreviations
DIS-102 ARRL Emergency Communications Manual (FSD-9)
DIS-103 Planning Effective Exercises
DIS-104 Why We Train

External Opportunity Links

ARRL – Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course (ARECC) Basic

Texas Division of Homeland Security – Preparing Texas