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

2024 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