Message Handling Information


ARES/ACS/ARES

Message Handling Part 1, pdf

Message Handling Part 2, pdf

Message Handling Part 3, pdf

General Message Form, ICS-213.pdf

Block Number

Block Title

ICS-213 Instructions

1

Incident Name (Optional)

Enter the name assigned to the incident. This block is optional.

2

To (Name and Position)

Enter the name and position the General Message is intended for. For all individuals, use at least the first initial and last name. For Unified Command, include agency names.

3

From (Name and Position)

Enter the name and position of the individual sending the General Message. For all individuals, use at least the first initial and last name. For Unified Command, include agency names.

4

Subject

Enter the subject of the message.

5

Date

Enter the date (month/day/year) of the message.

6

Time

Enter the time (using the 24-hour clock) of the message.

7

Message

Enter the content of the message. Try to be as concise as possible.

8

Approved by

Name

Signature

Position/Title

Enter the name, signature, and ICS position/title of the person approving the message.

9 Reply The intended recipient will enter a reply to the message and return it to the originator.
10

Replied by

Name

Position/Title

Signature

Date/Time

Enter the name, ICS position/title, and signature of the person replying to the message. Enter date (month/day/year) and time prepared (24-hour clock).




National Traffic System RadioGram

Instructions, FSD-218 pdf

Abbreviations, FSD-3 pdf

Disaster Welfare Message Form, FSD-244 pdf

RadioGram, pdf


Circuit Merit

Circuit Merit Definition Nominal Value
(speech-to-noise ratio)
Range
CM5 Perfectly readable, negligible noise. -- >30 dB
CM4 Perfectly readable but with noticeable noise. 22 dB 16 to 30 dB
CM3 Readable with only occasional repetition. 12 dB 9 to 16 dB
CM2 Readable with difficulty, requires frequent repetition. 7 dB 5 to 9 dB
CM1 Unusable, presence of speech barely discernible. -- <5 dB


Plain language radio checks

Signal Strength Prowords

Proword Meaning
LOUD Your signal is very strong.
GOOD Your signal strength is good.
WEAK Your signal strength is weak.
VERY WEAK Your signal strength is very weak.
FADING At times your signal strength fades to such an extent that continuous reception cannot be relied upon.

Readability Prowords

Proword Meaning
CLEAR The quality of your transmission is excellent.
READABLE The quality of your transmission is satisfactory.
UNREADABLE The quality of your transmission is so bad that I cannot read you.
DISTORTED Having trouble reading you due to interference.
WITH INTERFERENCE Having trouble reading you due to interference.
INTERMITTENT Having trouble reading you because your signal is intermittent.




The Nato Phonetic Alphabet

A Alpha Al fah
B Bravo Brah Voh
C Charlie Char Lee
D Delta Dell Tah
E Echo Eck Oh
F Foxtrot Foks Trot
G Golf Golf
H Hotel Hoh Tell (FAA, IMO, ITU) Ho Tell (ICAO)
I India In Dee Ah
J Juliett Jew Lee Ett
K Kilo Key Loh
L Lima Lee Mah
M Mike Mike
N November No Vem Ber
O Oscar Oss Car
P Papa Pah Pah
Q Quebec Keh Beck
R Romeo Row Me Oh
S Sierra See Air Ah (FAA) See Air Rah (ICAO, IMO, ITU)
T Tango Tang Go
U Uniform You Nee Form
V Victor Vik Tah
W Whiskey Wiss Key
X X Ray Ecks Ray
Y Yankee Yang Key
Z Zulu Zoo Loo



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