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We Want You!!! — Join ARES Today!
To get involved with ARES, you merely need to fill out the application. You can start this process by clicking this link. You’ll need to select your county on the map, (hopefully Cleveland), select the VOLUNTEER position, enter some contact information, and don’t stress over the Comments section. ARES membership is available to amateur radio operators of any license class. No experience is necessary. Join today, while you’re here, and then start your online training, as you have time, as shown below.
National Weather Service Training
Each year the National Weather Service creates a severe weather training program that is a ‘must-have’ for amateurs doing weather service. The 2021 schedule should appear at the start of the year. But, take a look here, and you’ll find the 2021 training schedule when it appears.
Since the 2020 National Weather Festival was held virtually, they recorded the training sessions. The beginner and advanced training seminars are presented for your viewing pleasure. These videos may not serve as official training for your agency, but they’re the same thing presented at the NWS events. The NWS also presented a video on a weather balloon launch for the festival. Balloon data is critical to severe weather storm forecasting, so learning how they work will help your knowledge of severe weather forecasts.
2020 NWS Storm Spotter Training
2020 NWS Advanced Severe Weather Topics for Storm Spotters
2020 NWS Weather Balloon Launch
One of the requirements of being an ARES member is to continue to attend online training sessions. FEMA offers many of these online, and you can access them at the FEMA Independent Study website. The following classes are the ones to start with and are the minimum requirements for ARES members.
- FEMA Independent Study Program course list. Of particular interest are:
- Communication Training from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
- On-Line Emergency Communication Classes and Continuing Education
- ARRL Amateur Radio Licensing Classes
- Learn from home with more ARRL on-line courses, especially for emergency communications volunteers
- On-Line Digital Emergency Communication Courses
Cleveland County ARES Presentation
Cleveland County ARES Emergency Coordinator Mark Kleine N5HZR gave a presentation on April 13th titled ARES, SKYWARN, and You. Clicking this link will let you see this presentation PowerPoint.
ARRL Communications Training
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has a number of training classes, and the one that is required for ARES work can be found on the ARRL Online Communications Class website.
- ARES Manual
- ARES Field Resources Manual
- National Interoperability Field Operation Guide
- Auxillary Communications Field Operation Guide
- NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
- Google Public Alerts
- Near-Vertical Incidence Wave Antenna
- NWS Storm Ready Program
- NWS SkyWarn National Program
- Cleveland County SkyWarn Program
- Cleveland County Current Weather Conditions
More information is available about Oklahoma ARES is available at http://www.aresok.org/