Standard Operating Guidelines

Welcome to the Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs) section. Rather than employ Standard Operating Procedures, we need need to remain flexible to support our operations. Below you will find SOG’s that are aimed at providing a framework of how to complete certain agreed upon activities. Many of the SOG’s listed will be in order of Section Chief responsible for the activity.

Standard Operating Guideline Template:

If you are looking to build and submit your own SOG please use this template to get you started.


Incident Radio Communications Plans (ICS 205/217)

This plan describes all of the frequencies that we use for Kitsap Auxiliary Radio Service

Download the Incident Radio Communications Plan (ICS-205) Updated (March 2019 KI7LEE)

Tactical Callsigns

Tactical callsigns identify an operational station or function. Tactical callsigns disassociate a communications site from the radio operators working at that site because on-duty radio operators work shifts and may be moved between stations.

Use tactical callsigns for ALL calls

Use FCC legal identification ONLY when required.

The requirement for FCC legal identification is the following:

  • At least every ten minutes
  • At the end of a series of transmissions less than ten minutes
  • FCC callsign must be the last data transmitted (tactical callsign first, then FCC callsign)

Download list of tactical callsigns


BIEOCBainbridge Island EOC
BIFDOCBainbridge Island Fire
Bainbridge Island Fire Station 21 (if DOC moved)
BIF22Bainbridge Island Fire Station 22
BIF23Bainbridge Island Fire Station 23
BISDBainbridge Island School District
BRMSDBremerton School District
CKFDOCCentral Kitsap Fire
CKF51Central Kitsap Fire Station 51
CKFACentral Kitsap Fire Administration
CKF41Central Kitsap Fire Station 41
Central Kitsap Fire Station 56
CKSDCentral Kitsap School District
HMCBHarrison Hospital Bremerton
HMCSHarrison Medical Silverdale
HMCSKHarrison Medical Center South Kitsap
KCEOCKitsap County Emergency Operations Center
KCAEOCKitsap County Alternate Emergency Operations Center
KCECVKitsap County Emergency Comm Vehicle
NAVHBNaval Hospital
NKFDOCNorth Kitsap Fire
NKFR81North Kitsap Fire Station 81 (if DOC is moved)
NKF89North Kitsap Fire Station 89
NKSDNorth Kitsap School District
POEOCPort Orchard Emergency Operations Center
PBOEOCPoulsbo Emergency Operations Center
PFDDOCPoulsbo Fire
PFD71Poulsbo Fire Station 71 (if DOC is moved)
Poulsbo Fire Station 73
PSNSPuget Sound Naval Shipyard
SKFDOCSouth Kitsap Fire
SKF8South Kitsap Fire Station 8
(if DOC is moved)
SKF31South Kitsap Fire Station 31
SKSDSouth Kitsap School District
(Bus Barn)
RVHCOMWashington Veterans’ Home, Port Orchard
(formerly Retsil Veterans’ Home)
WSUDWest Sound Utility District, Port Orchard

Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management

Kitsap Auxiliary Radio Service (KARS) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) Plan

Download (Word DOC) (Adobe PDF)

DRAFT Communications Plan

The mission of the KitsapARS / RACES is to provide backup and supplemental communication support to government and emergency response agencies during emergencies, and to provide public service communications support to public events.

NOTE (7 August, 2018): This plan is in DRAFT form, under review by ECAB before ratification. Please send all suggestions for edits to your KARS District Manager.

Download the Communications Plan

KCACS Job Descriptions

Like all well-run operations, KCACS has job descriptions so that you know what you need to be doing to perform your specific volunteer role.  Volunteers perform the following valuable work:

  • Assist current leaders with their responsibilities
  • Learn institutional knowledge from the current leaders
  • Prepare for future opportunities to fill these leadership positions

The following documents describe the responsibilities for these roles:

Regional Nets

Download list of regional nets

Get proficient at operating in a ham-radio network.  During an activation these skills will be very important!  Here are some opportunities to practice net operation (these are voice nets unless otherwise noted):

0730Washington State Net (WSN) (Morse code)3563 kHz
0900 SaturdayWashington State Emergency Net (WSEN)3985 KHz
0945Daytime Region Net 73925 kHz
or 7235 kHz
1200Noon Time Net3970 kHz
1200Noon Time Net7283.5 kHz
1515 Daytime Region Net 73925 kHz
or 7235 kHz
1700*Evergreen State Traffic System145.19 MHz (-)
T 127.3 Hz
1730Puget Sound Traffic System146.82 MHz(-)
T 103.5 Hz
1730Beaver State Net3920 kHz
1730Northwest Single Sideband Net3945 kHz
1745*Washington Amateur Radio Traffic System (WARTS)3975 kHz
1800 Columbia Basin Net3960 kHz
1800Oregon Emergency Net3980 kHz
1830* MondayWashington State Emergency Net (WSEN)3985 kHz
1845 Washington State Net (WSN) (Morse code)3563 kHz

* Time adjusted seasonally, one hour earlier in the Winter months. Check with Net Manager.

More information about Western Washington Nets is at ARRL Western Washington Section.

Regional Homeland Security Coordination Districts (RHSCD)


Regional Homeland Security Coordination Districts and Local Health Regions for Bioterrorism Planning and Coordination
Regional Homeland Security Coordination Districts and Local Health Regions for Bioterrorism Planning and Coordination

The Washington State Emergency Net follows these regions during checkins and net activation.

FEMA Kitsap County Risk Report

This report outlines the risk assessment results and findings for FEMA’s Risk MAP study of Kitsap County.  The report includes unincorporated areas and the incorporated cities of Bainbridge, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo.  Also included are two tribal reservations:  the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and the Suquamish Tribe. 


  • Inform communities of their risk related to natural hazards
  • Enable communities to act to reduce their risk

State and local officials can use the data provided here to update a variety of local plans, communicate risk, inform the modification of development standards, identify mitigation projects, and ultimately take action to reduce risk.

Download the FEMA Kitsap Risk Report