I was recently released as an ERC specialist in my ward, here's a little of what I learned along the way:
- MARA NW lists several LDS friendly net frequencies and times in WA and OR that are great for station optimization and fellowship at http://www.maranw.net/nets.php
- ARRL membership is worth the money even if it's just the 'blind' rate with no magazine - make sure to sign up for email updates on what's happening in your area and around the country.
- Volunteering with your local ARES/RACES chapter can be very rewarding.
- Even if you're not ready for ARES quite yet, if you're called as an ERC specialist for your ward or stake you may want to seriously consider taking ARRL EmComm Training (Levels 1-3). The curriculum is very good. Consider the church a "served agency" and it starts reading like a manual for the ERC calling.
- IS-100 and IS-700 online training (ICS and NIMS) are also worth taking for an understanding of the standard organizational structure used by government agencies during a response effort. This is designed to help them be compatible with each other. If we want to help alleviate suffering and assist during these efforts, knowing how the process works seems like it should be a basic prerequisite.