FYI - Here's a free, handy reference guide to have around. It's a version of the DHS "National Interoperability Field Operations Guide" (NIFOG) that has been adapted to be more appropriate for our uses. It contains frequency information for many other radio services that you might want to have programmed in a scanner or radio with some available memories. There is also some tutorial information including some antennas that can be easily constructed.
"The Auxiliary Communications Field Operations Guide (AUXFOG) is a reference for auxiliary communicators who directly support backup emergency communications for State/local public safety entities or for an amateur radio organization supporting public safety.
This reference guide contains information about AuxComm best practices, frequently used radio frequencies, Mutual Aid channels as well as tips and suggestions about auxiliary emergency communicators integrating into a NIMS ICS environment to support communications for planned events or incidents. It can serve as a reference both for auxiliary emergency communicators and public safety communications professionals. You can download the AUXFOG by clicking on the hyperlink to the left and save it to your own storage device. It will only download as a PDF.
While printed copies are not available from DHS, you may download an electronic copy to print as many hard copies as desired."