The ARRL Emergency Communication Handbook
— Intended for all hams that volunteer their skills in public service applications (or who are interested in doing so). Includes details on basic emergency communication skills, message handling, and more. Understand what to expect and what to take along.
This book encompasses the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course—Level I manual, but adds a substantial amount of additional material.
- Amateurs As Professionals–The Served Agency Relationship. Who “works” for whom? What kind of non-amateur communications systems do they use?
- Network Theory and the Design of Emergency Communication Systems
- Emergency Communication Organizations & Systems. ARES, RACES, MARS and other organizations.
- Served Agency Communication Systems
- Basic Communication Skills
- Introduction to Emergency Nets
- Basic Message Handling
- Net Operating Guidelines
- The Incident Command System
- Preparing for Deployment. Where and when to go. What to expect. What to take along.
- Equipment Choices for Emergency Communication
- Emergency Activation
- Setup, Initial Operations, and Shutdown
- Operations & Logistics
- Personal Safety, Survival and Health Considerations
- Alternative Communication Methods
- What to Expect in Large-Scale Disasters
- Hazardous Materials Awareness
- Marine Communications
The book also includes a large appendix with more useful information about the ARRL Field Organization, the WinLink 2000 system and much more!