22. FEMA Operational Communications

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently released a series of documents to build and sustain Core Capabilities for disaster response. One of these of interest to ARES is Operational Communications.

This document suggests five FEMA courses as training examples, including: Public Information and Warning, Amateur Radio Resources, Effective Communication, Managing Public Information for All-Hazards Incidents and Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery.

The American Radio Relay League is specifically mentioned as a potential response partner, along with such other obvious choices as cellular and internet providers.

While a few suggested trainings are available online, most require the cooperation of county or state emergency management agencies in the application process. To view this and other Core Capability Development Sheets, go to www.fema.gov/fema-technical-assistance-program .