The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a standby radio service provided for by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations governing amateur radio in the United States.
The concept of a standby “Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service” (RACES) is to replace the conventional “Amateur Radio Service” during wartime. This was developed in 1952 as result of input from the American Radio Relay League and the Department of the Army’s Office of Civil Defense..
The resulting standby RACES service was designed to provide a quick and smoother transition in the event the President ever needed to silence the regular Amateur Radio Service again when invoking the War Powers Act.
RACES is normally administrated by a local, county, or state civil defense agency responsible for disaster services. They have been utilized in local emergencies by both federal and local agencies. RACES does provide some good training. Personally, I am not a member but know people who are. The following is part 1 of a good presentation on radio usage. This is a copywrite program, but I have been give permission to post it.
Part 2 will be published tomorrow.