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Training Opportunities

1)  Incident Command System (ICS) Overview

The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazards incident management approach that:

  • Allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications operating within a common organizational structure.
  • Enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and functional agencies, both public and private.
  • Establishes common processes for planning and managing resources.

COAD members are encouraged to take ICS 100 & 700.  These courses are available online:

1. ICS 100:
Course Overview
ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).


2. ICS 700:
Course Overview
This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

2)  CERT

COAD members are encouraged to take CERT

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises. CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

3)  Skywarn

COAD members are encouraged to take Skywarn

One of the most important assets to the NWS warning, forecast, and verification process is the SKYWARNTM Spotter Network. NWS trained weather spotters provide real-time reports of tornadoes, hail, winds, flooding and hurricane damage. SKYWARNTM spotters include Ham Radio operators, emergency responders and communication dispatchers, citizen groups and you!

Skywarn Training Schedule

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