National Preparedness Month 2007



Attention News Directors and Assignment Editors


Local Activities Part of National Preparedness Month 2007


WHO:             The Northern Michigan Amateur Radio Emergency Services group known as NMARES, invites the community to join together to become better informed as part of local National Preparedness Month 2007 activities.


WHAT:           This September marks National Preparedness Month 2007, a nationwide coordinated effort encouraging families to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.  During National Preparedness Month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will work with a wide variety of organizations to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and promote community involvement across the nation through events and activities, such as trainings, and emergency drills.

As part of local National Preparedness Month activities, NMARES will host four free Emergency Training Classes, attendees will obtain FEMA training and receive valuable emergency preparedness information.


WHEN: September 19th - 18:00 (6:00pm) and  October 17th - 18:00 (6:00pm)


WHERE:        Northern Michigan Amateur Radio Emergency Services – NMARES

                        Elmira Township Hall, 2035 Mt. Jack Rd.,  Elmira, MI.


WHY:              The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is urging the public to use National Preparedness Month to get an emergency supply kit, make an emergency plan and be informed about the types of emergencies that can happen.  NMARES encourages our community to be better prepared and invites community members to attend these four training classes to prepare for emergencies.


For more information contact Jim Davis via email at or click on the link on the Northern Michigan Amateur Radio Emergency Services website at

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Northern Michigan Amateur Radio

 Emergency Services


ARES/RACES training Classes

Sept. 19th & Oct. 17th 2007

 - Hosted by NMARES -

The Northern Michigan Amateur Radio Emergency Services group
   meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm.
These meetings will be at the Elmira Township Hall, 2035 Mt. Jack Rd. Elmira.
(talkin frequency for directions is 146.520 MHz )


These courses are being provided at no charge!

These four courses are required training for many ARES & RACES groups.

Please email "" to reserve you spot for this important training opportunity!

Reservations are required, please indicate which or course(s) you would like to attend, seats are limited.


(Course Descriptions Below)





September 19th - 18:00 (6:00pm)

NMARES Meeting & ARES/RACES Training.

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

Course Overview

On February 28, 2003, President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5. HSPD-5 directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. You can also find information about NIMS at

This course introduces NIMS and takes approximately three hours to complete. It explains the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS. The course also contains "Planning Activity" screens giving you an opportunity to complete some planning tasks during this course. The planning activity screens are printable so that you can use them after you complete the course.

What will I be able to do when I finish this course?

• Describe the key concepts and principles underlying NIMS.
• Identify the benefits of using ICS as the national incident management model.
• Describe when it is appropriate to institute an Area Command.
• Describe when it is appropriate to institute a Multiagency Coordination System.
• Describe the benefits of using a Joint Information System (JIS) for public information.
• Identify the ways in which NIMS affects preparedness.
• Describe how NIMS affects how resources are managed.
• Describe the advantages of common communication and information management systems.
• Explain how NIMS influences technology and technology systems.
• Describe the purpose of the NIMS Integration Center

IS-800.A National Response Plan (NRP), An Introduction

Important Information: IS-800.A NIMS Compliancy


Course Overview

The National Response Plan, or NRP, describes how the Federal Government will work in concert with State, local, and tribal governments and the private sector to respond to disasters.

This course introduces the NRP.  It is intended for DHS and other Federal staff responsible for implementing the NRP, and Tribal, State, local and private sector emergency management professionals.

Course goals:

  1. Describe the purpose of the NRP
  2. Locate information within the NRP
  3. Describe the roles and responsibilities of entities as specified in the NRP
  4. Identify the organizational structure used for NRP coordination
  5. Describe the field-level organizations and teams activated under the NRP
  6. Identify the incident management activities addressed by the NRP

You can find more information about the National Response Plan by clicking on the following link NRP.


October 17th - 18:00 (6:00pm)

NMARES Meeting & ARES/RACES Training.

IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System, I-100



ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

The Emergency Management Institute developed ICS 100, Introduction to ICS (IS-100) course, in collaboration with:


Persons involved with emergency planning, response or recovery efforts.

NIMS Compliance:

This course is NIMS compliant and meets the NIMS Baseline Training requirements for I-100.


IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

Course Overview

ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.

IS-100 is a pre-requisite to the IS-200 course.


The training is comprised of the following lessons:

Unit 1: Course Overview
Unit 2: Leadership & Management
Unit 3: Delegation of Authority & Management by Objectives
Unit 4: Functional Areas & Positions
Unit 5: Briefings
Unit 6: Organizational Flexibility
Unit 7: Transfer of Command
Unit 8: Course Summary