RACES was created in 1952, by the federal government, as an official program through which amateur radio operators could serve the government in an emergency situation. Since then, the RACES program has enabled amateur radio operators to perform varied emergency communications functions as an important supplement Emergency Management communications systems.
RACES is governed by Part 97, subpart E, of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules and Regulations.
RACES is called upon by Emergency Management when communication services are deemed necessary for response. They are activated in accordance with an approved Emergency Management communications plan in any emergency concerning:
Natural disasters often cripple or destroy communications facilities and equipment. RACES members are often asked to handle messages for police, fire, public welfare, public utilities, and other emergency services during emergencies.
RACES personnel receive training from Emergency Management to which they are attached. Operating skills are sharpened through participation in frequent Emergency Management sponsored exercises, tests, drills, programs, and special events.
Non-emergency messages and traffic may be transmitted during RACES training and drill periods.
You can join our team to help provide critical communication resources for Hamilton County during an emergency or disaster. If you want to help serve your community and be part of disaster response and recovery efforts, consider joining RACES.
To become a RACES volunteer complete the application process via the link: Online Application Process or email Joe March at firstname.lastname@example.org
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