Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service

 

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   The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), is a public service provided by a reserve (volunteer) group of Amateur Radio Operators that is administered by local, county and state emergency management agencies, and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the United States government. As a part of the Amateur Radio Service, it provides radio communications for civil-preparedness purposes only, during periods of local, regional or national civil emergencies. These emergencies are not limited to war-related activities, but can include natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, power outages, tornados, floods, victim searches, air crashes, and many others.

Originally for wartime use, RACES has evolved over the years, as has the meaning of civil defense (which is also called civil preparedness), to encompass all types of emergencies. While operating in a RACES capacity, RACES stations and amateurs registered in the local RACES organization may not communicate with amateurs not operating in a RACES capacity. (Of course, such restrictions do not apply when such stations are operating in a non-RACES–such as ARES–amateur capacity.) Only civil-preparedness communications can be transmitted. Test and drills are permitted only for a maximum of one hour per week. All test and drill messages must be clearly so identified.

Although RACES and ARES are separate entities, the local RACES Group and the ARRL advocates dual membership and cooperative efforts between both groups. Whenever possible, it is an advantage for an ARES group whose members are all enrolled in and certified by RACES to operate in an emergency situation.

A word from the Kansas State RACES OFFICER (Joseph Plankinton- WDØDMV)

Files available for download:

Montgomery Co RACES Application  MG CO KS RACES Policy & Procedure Manual  Where We Fit In (ICS & RACES)

Montgomery County RACES Members

August 31, 2011

Name Call Certifications
Miller, James KCØWAA KEMA Certified – Emergency Management Director

Vacant

MG. Co. RACES Officer:
Vest, Charles W5COV MG. Co. Asst. RACES Officer: ARRL ARECC Level I, II and III. FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-200, IS-300, IS-400, IS-700, IS-800, + more.
Vest, John KCØWAB FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, + more.
Martin, Robert NØRDM FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-200, IS-300, IS-700, IS-800
Vest, Charlie KCØWYW FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-700
Howard, Ed KB5FUP FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-200, IS-300, IS-400, IS-700, IS-800, + more.
Vest, Larry KCØWYZ FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-700
Hanna, David NØTAP FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800, + more.
Tuggle, James  KCØNYK FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800, + more.
Hunter, Eldon  KBØRVO FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-700, IS-800
Banks, Teddy KCØWNY FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800
Palmer, Joe KDØBQY FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-200, IS-300, IS-700, IS-800
Barrett, Ron KØRJB FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, + more.
Schadeberg, Bill KCØQMX FEMA/NIMS Course:
Tuggle, Sherry KBØSQQ FEMA/NIMS Course: IS-100, IS-200, IS-300, IS-700, + more.

Study Links: FEMA Independent Study Program  Nims Online.Com