IS-100b is a worthwhile introductory course. Since the cold winter months are upon us, I’d recommend you take a look at it.
Just thought you might be interested in something that recently happened to Brookhaven ARES.
The ARES radio room was asked to be cleared out of the Brookhaven Town Hall. The area is going to be set up as EOC. However, there is no intention of reinstalling the ARES radios.
Brookhaven Town communications states that the Suffolk County 800 MHz trunking is sufficiently reliable and Amateur Radio operations are no longer required to support their emergency response plan.
I think they are thinking small and not all hazards as FEMA National Response Plan says they should.