RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service)

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Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service RACES stands for "Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service," a protocol created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC Part 97, Section 407). Many government agencies across the country train their Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) volunteers using the RACES protocol. The volunteers serve their respective jurisdictions pursuant to guidelines and mandates established by local emergency management officials.

RACES volunteer operators are:
         
          -Licensed Radio Amateurs
          - Certified by a civil defense agency
          - Able to communicate on Amateur 
            Radio frequencies
            during drills, exercises and 
            emergencies
          - Activated by local, county and state
            jurisdictions and are 
            the only Amateur Radio operators  
            authorized to transmit during
            declared emergencies when 
            the President of the United States
            specifically invokes the War Powers 
          Act.

RACES Resource Library:

This web site (www.usraces.org) is intended to assist in the distribution of RACES Auxiliary Emergency Communications information. Updated RACES documentation and other emergency preparedness documents are available through the RACES Resource Library, maintained by RACES volunteers registered with the Arlington County, Virginia Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Support. 

National Incident Management System:

Protocols embraced by RACES volunteers across the nation include the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a consistent nationwide template to enable federal, state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together to protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents.
NIMS Resource Center
NIMS Compliant Training Chart
FEMA Independent Study Program (ISP)
FEMA ISP Courses