I was betting that you were going to answer that question.
I don't think I'm unique in this that new hams are not brought into the fold of emergency communications very well. I've known of the NTS for a while now and only reciently (as you know) started getting involved with ecomms.
The pages on the arrl describe what the NTS is but dosen't tell you where to start or what to do. I've been a ham now for all of two years and have just now decided that I need to know how to initiate and receive traffic but didn't know where or how to start.
By the way Ed, your training packages are top drawer material. Very very nice.
Folks, do download the training material and even if you may not be into ARES/RACES you should skim through it. There is lots of valuable information there that every ham should at least know of.http://va-ares.org/Training/training.html
73 DE K9CF
Best Regards Mark L. Martin