In any organization, some members participate in training and officially-sanctioned activities more than others; ARES is no different. TCARES members that meet a set of minimum training and participation requirements are assumed to share a common baseline of procedural knowledge and operating skills. These members form a pool of resources from which the EC can quickly deploy TCARES personnel and know they possess a certain level of operational capabilities.
ACTIVE and RESERVE Status
All TCARES members are automatically classified as RESERVE until they meet the qualifications for ACTIVE status. TCARES members are assigned ACTIVE status when they meet minimum requirements in three areas:
Attendance of at least three (3) regular TCARES meetings during the preceding 12 months
Participation in at least three (3) weekly TCARES training nets every 3 months
Maintaining ACTIVE Status
Once a member qualifies for ACTIVE status, continued participation in TCARES activities is necessary to maintain that classification. In order to maintain ACTIVE status, TCARES members are required to:
Continue to meet minimum requirements for TCARES membership applicants
Continue to meet the above minimum requirements for TCARES meeting attendance and weekly net participation
Attend one of the following at least every two years:
SKYWARN Spotter training conducted by the Indianapolis office of the National Weather Service; or,
severe weather training session conducted by TCARES
Within 12 months of achieving ACTIVE status, successfully complete the following FEMA Independent Study Program Courses, administered by the Emergency Management Institute:
IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS); and,
IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents; and,
IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS); and,
IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction
Participate annually in at least one TCARES exercise. Qualifying TCARES exercises may be held in conjunction with these annual events:
ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) in October
NWS Statewide Tornado Test during severe weather awareness week in March
ARRL Field Day* in June
* Although TCARES does not operate as a separate club or group for Field Day, individual member participation in this annual event is highly encouraged. Active members who participate in significant Field Day operations can count it as a qualifying TCARES exercise, but only once every three years.
TCARES personnel with a RESERVE status are a very important part of our organization, and are by no means considered second-class members! We understand that family, business, and lifestyle commitments may prevent some members from being able to participate in TCARES activities on a regular basis. Others simply do not want to get involved with training or exercises.
Reserve members are not excluded from any TCARES activities, and are welcome to participate in TCARES exercises and emergency deployments. TCARES leadership will most likely assign a support role for reserve members during these events, since these personnel may not have the required training to work directly with some support agencies, or be familiar with the procedures and protocols used for certain communications nets.
Reserve members are always welcome, and highly encouraged, to attend TCARES meetings, events, training, and on-air nets when they have the opportunity. TCARES makes every effort to accommodate and assist reserve members in making the transition to ACTIVE status, in support of the ARES mission to best serve the community.