What is the NIMS/ICS System?
The National Incident Management System/Incident Command System is a series of guidelines used by almost all agencies to ensure interoperability between different groups during emergency situations. As members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, we are expected to have a basic knowledge of this system, so we can effectively work with our served agencies. To reach Level 2 training, hams are encouraged to complete ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 courses. Training is offered through FEMA's Emergency Management Institute as self-paced Independent Study courses. The Online Course list can be found here
A list of current class times can be found on the NWS Cleveland SKYWARN™ page, where you can register for an online or in person course for free. Training usually takes about 90 minutes, and afterwards, you will be issued a spotter number, as well as spotter resources.