Chautauqua County NY
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency ServiceRACES 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 over the age of 18
- 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 is intended to assist
in the distribution of Chautauqua County NY
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 Chautauqua County,
New Youk Office of Emergency Management:
See: NIMS Emergency Support Function #2.
Read our SOP: The NYS RACES SOP
Apply for a membership at: RACES Membership form
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.