Training Partners and Opportities

Ham Radio Training

The Davie/Cooper City Amateur Radio Club offers periodic licensing classes and the Broward Amateur Radio Club offers monthly licensing exams.

FEMA Emergency Management Institute

The EMI offers a large selection of free Independent Study (IS) courses. Members are encouraged to complete IS-100, Introduction to Incident Command System. Recommended optional courses include:
  • IS-22, An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (recommended by the President for all citizens)
  • IS-200, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS-700, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS-800, National Response Framework, An Introduction


SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Classes are available through the National Weather Service Miami/South Florida office. Check the list of upcoming SKYWARN classes.

In-person training is recommended as it is custom tailored to our local weather and there is the opportunity to ask questions of the NWS trainer, engage in discussions, etc. However, online training is also available via MetEd.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

In Broward County, CERT programs organized local Fire/Rescue departments provide free training on Emergency Preparedness and Response. Contact your department's public information line for more information. A list of programs is available from the Fire Chief's Association of Broward County (may be out of date), or call your local Fire Department's public information line for informations.

Florida SERT Training Calendar

The State Emergency Response Team's training calendar lists many opportunities for emergency preparedness related training. Register with SERT Trac to participate.

Other Training Available

From time to time other training opportunities are available. For example, April 2014 saw the first-ever Southeast Florida Regional Citizen Corps Communications Symposium which hopefully will become an annual event.

Also see our Meeting and Nets!