TCARES Plans, SOPs, and Guidelines

To accomplish its mission, Tippecanoe County ARES has developed a series of guideline documents.  Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) outline operational procedures, activation conditions, resources needed, frequencies used, type of information communicated, and when to deactivate.  Specific procedures for working with particular served agencies are detailed in Operations Plans (OP PLAN).  These documents are not a substitute for formal training or additional information that may be communicated on a "per incident" basis.  This information may be superseded by local emergency officials.

A zip file of all the current TCARES plans can be
downloaded here.  (Updated 04 MAR 2019)

Other ARES groups are welcome to use these documents as models for developing their own operating guidelines and support plans.

Standard Operating Procedures for Nets (NET)

Each member of Tippecanoe County ARES is responsible for thoroughly reviewing and following the procedures defined in these documents.  They provide an understanding of basic TCARES net operations.
NET 1-1 (Net Management).pdf   Basic Net Control Station (NCS) operations.  [05 DEC 2011]
NET 1-2 (Net Operations).pdf Basic net operations and Increased Readiness Conditions.  [05 DEC 2011]
NET 1-3 (Net Frequencies).pdf Designated frequencies for ARES operations.  [02 JUN 2014]
NET 1-4 (Net Formats).pdf Structured formats for specific types of nets.  [UPDATED: 04 MAR 2019]

Technical Standards (TS)

Members are encouraged to adopt these recommended practices, specifications, and procedures.  Implementation of these Technical Standards will help promote interoperability, compatibility, quality assurance, safety, increased productivity, and enhanced performance.

TS 1-1.pdf  

Technical Standard identifying a 12-volt, direct current (DC) connector to be used
on equipment deployed to support emergency communications provided by TCARES.