TULARE COUNTY OPERATIONAL AREARADIO AMATEUR CIVIL
EMERGENCY SERVICE PLAN
The purpose of this plan is to provide authority for the participation of
Amateur Radio operators in providing essential communications during periods of national,
state or local emergency. RACES operations are in accordance with FCC rules and
1.0 AREA COVERED:
The location of the Tulare County
Operational area is shown on the State of California map in
It has a population of 287,853 and an area of 3,863 square miles.
2.0 JURISDICTIONS COVERED:
COUNTY OF TULARE
Tulare County Civic Center
Visalia, CA 93291
CITY OF DINUBA
405 East El Monte Way
Dinuba, CA 93618
CITY OF EXETER
137 N. 'F' Street
Exeter, CA 93221
CITY OF FARMERSVILLE
147 East Fr
Farmersville, CA 93223
CITY OF LINDSAY
251 E. Honolulu
Lindsay, CA 93247
CITY OF PORTERVILLE
291 North Main
Porterville, CA 93257
CITY OF TULARE
411 East Kern
lare, CA 93274
CITY OF VISALIA
707 W. Acequia
Visalia, CA 93291
CITY OF WOODLAKE
350 North Valencia
Woodlake, CA 93286
The day-to-day civil defense coordinato
r for the above jurisdictions is:
COUNTY OF TULARE
EMERGENCY PROGRAM MANAGER
1062 SOUTH 'K' STREET
TULARE, CA 93274
This plan will serve to qualify this Operational Area and the listed jurisdictions for matching funds under the
Federal Contributions Program.
3.0 RADIO OFFICER AND STAFF ORGANIZATION:
for the implementation and administration of the RACES resources is shown
in Appendix 3.
Written operational procedures are issued as
Tulare County plans to have two types of Amateur Radio Operators.
4.1 Level one volunteers:
Amateur Radio operators and others e
nrolled under the provisions of this plan
are resgistered Disaster Service Workers in the COMMUNICATIONS class in accordance with Section 3100 (et seq.) of the California Government Code, have completed a Loyalty Oath/Affirmation, and are checked for loyalty and reliability through local records
checks by the Sheriff. Personnel are issued idnetification cards by the Civil Defense Coordinator. Personnel available for activation under this plan are volunteers and are expected to report to their assignments as quickly as possible.
.2 Level two volunteers:
This includes all other Amateur Radio operators choosing not to be a Level One volunteer. They shall be registered Disaster Service Workers in the COMMUNICATIONS class in accordance with Section 3100 (et seq.) of
the Califonria Government Code and complete the Loyalty Oath/Affirmation. They will not be checked for loyalty and reliability through local record checks, nor will they be issued an identification card by the Civil Defense Coordinator.
.0 RACES RESOURCES:
RACES resources are considered a facility available to all government services
as required. Specific channels are not assigned exclusively to any one service.
operates four network levels within the the Tulare County Operational
Area under the provision of this plan. Individual networks and the
frequencies used to implement them are shown in APPENDIX
7.0 NETWORK SERVICE LEVELS:
Level one nets provide Direction and
Control communications between the California Office of Emergency Services
Region V Emergency Operations Center and the Operational Area Emergency Operations Centers within Region V.
7.2 Level Two Nets:
Level two nets
provide Direction and Control communications between the Tulare County
Emergency Operations Center and the jurisdictions within the Operational Area, and between the Tulare County EOC
and the Emergency Broadcast System stations in the Operational Area.
7.3 Level Three Nets:
Level three nets provide communications between the Tulare County Operational Area EOC
and deployed mobile units and other authorized units within the Operational Area.
7.4 Level Four Nets:
Level four nets provide c
ommunications between the jurisdictional Emergency Operations Centers
and deployed mobiles and other authorized units within the Cities.
Operators will use tactical station identifiers in conjuction with
their Amateur callsign.
9.0 FREQUENCY COORDINATION:
Frequencies used within the Operational Area are coordinated by the RACES Radio Officer who will resolve interference problems within this Area. All frequencies will be c
oordinated with the State OES Regional Communications Coordinator. Interference problems from outside sources will be
referred to the State OES Region Office for resolution. In the event of
an emergency which necessitates invoking the President's war
emergency powers, RACES will be governed by paragraph 97.185(b) of the FCC Rules and
Regulations, 47 CFR. Operation
s will be restricted to frequencies assigned and
coordinated by the California Office of Emergency Services.
10.0 STATION LOCATIONS:
Locations of all Net Control Stations and other fixed stations operated under this plan
and their tactical identifiers, are listed in APPENDIX
11.0 EQUIPMENT RESOURCES:
approximately 40 fixed, 40 portable, and 50 mobile stations operating under the provisions of this plan.
The majority o
f equipment is owned and operated by the individual RACES operators.
12.0 MUTUAL AID:
The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services is a COMMUNICATION resource covered by the California Master Mutual Aid Agreement. Requests fr
om or to Tulare County for assistance (mutual aid) will be directed to State OES Region V. In the event communications is broken to Region V, said request may be directed to an adjoining county with
notification to the State OES as soon as conditions
This plan, and its appendices, shall be reviewed for completeness, currentness, and accuracy not later than
two (2) years after the latest approval date. Revisions and corrections will be issued to all plan holders when ap
The authority to activate RACES and mobilize personnel and resources rests with:
14.1.1 The County Emergency Services Coordinator and staff (including
the RACES Radio Officer);
14.1.2The County Communications Officer.
14.2Requests for RACES support from any agency shall be directed to the County OES. See Paragraph 14.1
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