Our Affiliations

The purpose of this site is quick access to information that may be needed during an Owen County Indiana emergency.
Bloomington Amateur Radio Club

Our fellow amateurs and neighbors.

Indiana Section ARRL Website
Information for all Indiana Amateur Radio Operators. The INARRL is the web page of the Indiana Section of the ARRL.
American Radio Relay League
The national association for AMATEUR RADIO ...
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty...
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service a protocol created by the FEMA and the FCC...

ARES Continues Move Toward Enhanced Training, Paperless Reporting

As part of upgrades to the ARES program, ARRL will phase out traditional hard-copy report forms in favor of an online system, ARESConnect-- a new volunteer management, communication and reporting system. The system will allow ARES members to log information for ARRL Field Organization handling but does not change how ARES serves partner organizations. ARES training also is due for enhancement.
Current Owen County ARES members should go to https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/IN/ to register. Then notify Owen County Emergency Coordinator Jim Baughn K9EOH at k9eoh@arrl.net.
Goals include aligning the ARES organizational structure with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS). Emergency Coordinators (ECs) will continue to lead local ARES teams during an incident, with support from District and Section Emergency Coordinators.
Changes would encompass additional mandatory training to include ARRL Emergency Communications course EC-001 and the now standard FEMA NIMS/ICS courses IS-100, 200, 700,800 with IS-300 and 400 for higher levels. Other specialty training could include SKYWARN and agency-specific programs.
Training levels attained would dovetail with three new levels of ARES participation:
  • Level One would be comprised of all entering the program with no training, while progressing through the ARRL emergency communications training and the FEMA Independent Study courses 100,200,700 and 800. Level One participants would be able to fulfill most ARES duties, with a target of attaining Level Two in 1 year.
  • Level Two would be attained upon successful completion of these courses and would be considered the "Standard" level for ARES participants and would permit participant access to most incident sites and emergency operations centers (EOCs)
  • Level Three would be attained upon completion of the advanced FEMA courses IS 300 and 400, which would qualify candidates for ARES leadership positions with full access as granted by the authority having jurisdiction. Both ICS 300 and 400 are delivered in a classroom only. These courses are not suitable for online training since they both require a high level of interaction among participants and completion of complex classroom activities in order to meet the training objectives.
Updated December 27, 2018
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