The Importance of NIMS and ICS

What is the National Incident Management System (NIMS)?

NIMS is a comprehensive, national approach to incident management that is applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines.

It is intended to:
• Be applicable across a full spectrum of potential incidents, hazards, and impacts, regardless of size, location or complexity.
• Improve coordination and cooperation between public and private entities in a variety of incident management activities.
• Provide a common standard for overall incident management.

NIMS Faqs:

Incident Command System (ICS)

The Incident Command System (ICS), a component of NIMS, is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazards incident management approach that:

  • Allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications operating within a common organizational structure.
  • Enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and functional agencies, both public and private.
  • Establishes common processes for planning and managing resources.

Online courses available from FEMA (Certificates available at end and course history maintained by FEMA)

Submit pdf copies of ICS forms to Trey Spain, KI4ZIN, so that completion can be logged in member database.

Other courses, such as IS-802, which describes the communications support role, can be found here:

Why is ICS, and these courses in particular, important to me?

  • ICS is the standard incident management approach by our governmental and ngo served agencies
  • Being familiar with the terms and approach of ICS, helps us “speak our partner’s language”
  • ICS can be used by any person or organization to manage incidents
  • For our governmental partner to receive funding, all ESF #2 volunteers MUST have taken courses (ESF – Emergency Support Function…#2 communications
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  • Our primary served agency Williamson County EMA requires communications volunteers to have successfully passed all ICS-100, 200, 700, and 800 to take part in operations. (That’s right… if you have not taken these, you cannot deploy in direct aid of the county without being accompanied by someone who has completed them.)
  • WCARES resources without these four courses will not be deployed to support a served agency without being accompanied by a resource that has completed the coursework.

WCARES is an emergency communications organization, besides communications skills, we also need to have the certifiations our served agencies expect us to have.  These courses do not require a significant time commitment, so begin working on them today.

El Reno Tornado 2013 – Lessons Learned

From Scott Gray, KD4VVC:

El Reno Tornado 2013 – Lessons Learned

The National Weather Service in Norman Oklahoma has published a video detailing the events of the deadly tornado that hit El Reno Oklahoma on May 31, 2013.

This informative video is a must see for all storm spotters as well as the general public. The tornado that hit El Reno defied all logic of what we knew of tornadoes and their paths which resulted in the death of several expericence storm chasers. This video will also explain how to develop an emergency evacuation plan for youself and your family.

Here is the video link:

Bunta Island On the Air – Fun DX-Pedition – Feb 15-17, 2013

Conductivity of Different Materials

Have you ever found yourself thinking that materials made mostly of copper would conduct electricity almost as well as copper? Well, think again….

Meet the Neighbors

Links to our Neighbors (Amateur Radio EmComm):

Bedford County
Davidson County
Dickson County
Montgomery County
Robertson County
Rutherford County
Sumner County
Wilson County Ham Radio Club

6 Meter Meteor Scatter QSO

[Video] AD4CJ Presents HF Tweaking

Longtime member Tim Kreth, AD4CJ delivered a fantastic presentation at the August edition of WCARES Chew & Chat. Due to popular demand he has digitized his presentation into the form of a YouTube video presenting some valuable information about how to maximize your High Frequency capabilities.

Continue reading…

5 Weeks – 41 Summits on the Air

What is ARES?

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

ARES Organization:

Williamson County Ares is part of  District 4 of the Tennessee section of the Delta Division of ARES.

Scott Gray, KD4VVC is the Emergency Coordinator of WCARES
Jim Humphrey, K4OFC is the District Emergency Coordinator
Keith Miller, N9DGK is the Section Manager

The Delta Division is made up of the Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee Sections

David Norris, K5UZ is the Director
Ed Hudgens, our very own WB4RHQ is the Vice Director

Radio at War – 1944

An excellent film brought to us by RCA (Radio Corporation of America), 1944. It is the story of two teenage brothers, both amateur radio operators, who joined the Navy during World War II, and shows how radio helped win the war. Thanks, Scott (KD4VVC), for making us aware of this film.