Idaho Amateur Radio
Emergency Service
FEMA, IOEM & ARES - Table of Contents
Idaho ARES - Resources - FEMA

The following FEMA resources may be useful to Idaho ARES operators:

Idaho Office of Emergency Management
  1. Idaho Office of Emergency Management

    IOEM Idaho Office of Emergency Management Web-site
    IOEM OP PLAN Idaho Emergency Operations Plan (2015)


  1. ARES Resources from the ARRL:

    IOEM OP PLAN Amateur Radio Emergency Service Manual (2015)
    IOEM OP PLAN Amateur Radio Emergency Field Resources Manual (2015)


NOTE 1: Although this form comes out of Canada, it is one of the better formatted ICS-309 forms, and more importantly, is fillable. A properly formatted ICS-309 that is fillable could not be located elsewhere.

NOTE 2: FEMA SHARES operations require a higher standard of radio discipline than is often found on Amateur Radio NETs. Post-mortem review of FEMA SHARES Communications Exercises (COMMEX) often include an assessment that highlights issues that include 1) excessive delays to NET operations due to excessive chit-chat, 2) poor use of language (e.g. roger-roger instead of roger-out, speaker-watch, or other non-standard terms that violate plain language or standardized proword use). Use of these same procedures on Amateur Radio NETs is advantageous as aligning practices results in better interoperability between Amateur Radio and FEMA/SHARES. What you do, day-to-tay, is what you will fall back on as your training.

Amateur Radio operators are encouraged to learn and use the more formal radio communications practices that FEMA uses.

Become familiar wit the terms Directed NET and Free NET. Do not shout out Relay, but wait for the NET control station to call for relays. Use plain language, and adopt proper use of prowords.

The practices you employ, day-to-day, constitute the training that you will fall back on. Using proper procedures in every-day NET participation will, therefore, help you integrate your operations into an interoperable environment.

NOTE 3: The term x-ray x-ray is not normally encountered during Amateur Radio operations. However, with the availability of the 60-Meters band, and the ability to interoperate with other services directly on that band, an Amateur Radio operator may encounter the term x-ray x-ray.

When a station or station operator has a prohibition to disclose Personally Identifiable Information (PII), the station operator will respond to a query for PII with x-ray x-ray. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) can include name, location, phone number, or any information that may allow someone to locate and/or identify an individual Federal services that my interact directly with an Amateur Radio station on the 60-Meter band may include FEMA, Army MARS, Air Force MARS, United States Coast Guard, and others. Some of these services have regulations that prohibit disclosure of PII.

This term may be heard on 60-M interoperability NETs, when a NET control operator makes a query to disclose operator name or location. If you are operating such a NET and receive a response of x-ray x-ray, please note the response in the NET or radio log and do not query the station operator further.

If you recognize a station operator that is interoperating with Amateur Radio stations, but not operating under an Amateur Radio call sign, do not address that station operator by name, and take care not to disclose any PII associated with that station or station operator.

NOTE 4: The United States Coast Guard's CGTTP 6-01.1A Radiotelephone Handbook has been adopted by FEMA as its operating document for the Shared Resources (SHARES) Program. This resource should be used for communications procedures, the proper use of procedural words (PROWORDS), etc., when interoperating with FEMA operations conducted on the 60-meter interoperability channels. For procedural word (proword) references, this document takes precedence over all other documents when interoperating with FEMA.

Appendix A - Definitions

ANECOS Alternate Net Control Station. A station designated to conduct Net Control Station duties to supplement network operations under the direction of the Net Control Station.
COMMEX or COMEX Communications Exercise. A scheduled communications event that is used to provide training and operational experience.
DEC Disaster Emergency Communications Division within the Federal Emergency Management Administration.
DHS Department of Homeland Security.
DOD Department Of Defense.
FCC Federal Communications Commission (administration office regulating civil radio communications)
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Administration
ICS Incident Command System. A standardized approach to implementing command, control, and coordination of an emergency response.
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
IOEM Idaho Office of Emergency Management (formerly known as Idaho Department of Homeland Security or Boise Homeland Security)
MARS Military Auxiliary Radio System
NCC National Coordinating Center. A department of DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, the National Coordinating Center monitors national and international incidents that may have an impact on emergency communications.
NCS National Communications System
NECOS Net Control Station. The station that directs all network activity.
NIMS National Incident Management System
NRF National Response Framework
NTIA National Telecommunications and Information Administration (administration office regulating federal radio communications)
PLAIN LANGUAGE The use of language that excludes acronyms, code-words, 10-codes, Q-codes, Z-codes, lingo, jargon or slang. This is the communication method mandated within the Incident Command System (ICS).
PROWORD Procedural Word, used to clarify communications traffic while reducing network bandwidth
SHARES Shared Resources
USCG United States Coast Guard (includes United States Coast Guard Auxiliary)

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