1: FEMA training and documentation for ARES members

Effective January 1, 2013 Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Matt Welch, W8DEC, has requested that all Ohio ARES members submit either .PDF copies of their FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) training certificates or an EMI transcript.

These items are to be sent to Assistant SEC Scott Phillips, N8SX, at n8sx@arrl.net and to your county Emergency Coordinator (EC).  The email address for your county EC is located on the Ohio District 3 ARES web site.

The SEC requests that every Ohio ARES member complete the following EMI courses or their equivalents:

EMI IS-100.b – Introduction to Incident Command System, or National Fire Academy Q462, or any classroom version of ICS-100.

IS-700.a – National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction.

EMI IS-200.b – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, or National Fire Academy Q463, or any classroom version of ICS-200.
IS-800.B – National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction.

There are many ways to locate these courses on the internet.  A short internet address that I find useful is http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp .  This will take you to a page listing all four of the EMI courses requested by the SEC.
On this page you will note several versions of IS-100 and IS-200 targeted to different fields.  If you plan to be employed in one of these fields in the future, I suggest taking that course.  Otherwise take the plain vanilla version.  In practice all versions meet NIMS requirements.

If firefighting is in your future plans, consider taking National Fire Academy courses Q462 and Q463.  That internet address is http://www.usfa.fema.gov/nfa/nfaonline/browse/im.shtm .  You may submit .PDF copies of these instead of IS-100.b and IS-200.b.  Also acceptable are certificates from classroom versions of ICS-100 or ICS-200 if you have taken those in the past.