Forms to be used by ARES volunteers

During times of activation, these forms will need to be used by ARES volunteers.  Download and print them.

ICS-213 – to be used for messages

ICS-214 – to be used for logging time & activities


Basic Training courses required for Polk ARES volunteers

The training required to prepare for the time of need is available online and at local training sessions.  For Shelter Operator and Net Control Operator, or for deployment outside of Polk County, the minimum training courses (all online and at no-charge) are:

  • IS-100.b (ICS-100) Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • IS-200.b (ICS-200) ICS for Single resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS-800.c National Response Framework, an Introduction

For EOC operations, the following additional courses are required:

  • IS-775 EOC Management and Operations (online)
  • G-191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center (ICS/EOC) Interface (classroom – see Florida SERT for class schedules)
  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents

(classroom – see Florida SERT for class schedules)

Links to the online courses are below under NIMS.


Florida SERT – Florida State Emergency Response Team

Required training courses can be found and registered for on the Florida SERT website. You can search for training by date, type, and location. All ICS classroom courses in Florida are listed here.  This is where you will need to register and upload your digital training certificates.



The National Incident Management System training gives a framework that will allow organizations to function together to complete the task at hand. The ARRL and West Central Florida Section of the ARRL have determined that the minimum training needed to be deployed outside of Polk County are:

To work in the EOC, the following additional courses are required

(Click links above to take the course)

This essential training is in compliance with the requirements of the Department of Homeland Security and of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and apply to all potential disaster responders, volunteer and professional.

Information about these classes and others can be found at the following link.

FEMA Training Info



ARRL Emergency Communication Training

These manuals from the ARRL have guidelines and resources for ARES operations.

Download the full version of the ARES Manual

ARRL Public Service Communications Manual

Download the full version of the ARES Field Resources Manual


Message Handling Resources

                                                Edited from NTS/MPG by Tom Harris, K5WTH


Amateur Radio License Testing

Testing for your FCC Amateur Radio License is available locally. Please click here for more information.


Pro Words to be used while on the air