What does it mean to be a member of TC ARES®? First let’s define the term “TC ARES®”
“TC”, Thurston County, Washington. Location of the State Capital in Olympia, situated at the Southern end of Puget Sound, 60 miles South of Seattle and 110 miles North of Portland Oregon.
“ARES®”, Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
Amateur, only because we are not compensated for any of our activities, we are professional, highly trained and experienced communicators.
Radio, we use our own radio equipment and some that is provided by Thurston County.
Emergency, we provide communications for government agencies and thereby for the community during major disasters when the normal communications infrastructure is compromised.
Service, something we do because we want to help our community in times when all other communications channels have failed.
As a member of this organization, ham radio operators jump into action to serve the community by providing backup communications for the Thurston County Department of Emergency Management, TCDEM. We are branching out to serve other state and local agencies in a similar fashion. We are developing relationships with The Evergreen State College, Washington State Department of Transportation, City of Lacey, City of Olympia, and the Squaxin Tribe.
As a radio operator with TC ARES®, you will receive some very intensive training relating to radio operation, FEMA rules, and NIMS/ICS. Take advantage of as many training opportunities as possible, go beyond the required basic 4 courses, IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and IS-800. Look for other courses and share what you find. A list of recommended courses:
EC-001, Introduction to Emergency Communications http://www.arrl.org/online-course-registration
EC-016, Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs http://www.arrl.org/online-course-registration
PR-101, Public Relations 101 for Radio Amateurs http://www.arrl.org/online-course-registration
Recommended FEMA online courses; https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx?lang=en&all=true
IS-120 An Introduction to Exercises
IS-230 Fundamentals of Emergency Management
IS-235 Emergency Planning
IS-240 Leadership and Influence
IS-241 Decision Making and Problem Solving
IS-242 Effective Communication
IS-244 Developing and Managing Volunteers
IS-271 Anticipating Hazardous Weather & Community Risk
IS-288 The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management
IS-317 Introduction to Community Emergency Response Team (CERTs)
IS-2200 Basic Emergency Operations Center Functions
TC ARES® is a team. We work together, helping each other, supporting our served agencies. Team leader is the EC, Emergency Coordinator. The EC can appoint AEC’s, Assistant Emergency Coordinators, to help with any function of the team. We have an AEC-Training and an AEC-OPS.