Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
RACES is a radio communication service conducted by volunteer licensed amateurs, and is designed to provide emergency communications to local or state civil-preparedness agencies. Races operation is authorized by the FCC upon request of a state or federal official and is strictly limited to official civil- preparedness activity in the event of an emergency- communications situation. Try the National RACES Web Page for more information about this subject.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a volunteer radio communications service available to federal, state, county and local government,as well as not-profit organizations. ARES consists of more than 600,000 U.S. amateurs nationwide who have voluntarily registered their services and formed an organized pool of operators to provide reliable primary or secondary communications links for governmental agencies and/or not-profit organizations when needed. The Washington State ARES group has a put together an excellent series of pages that provides a wealth of information about RACES/ARES in this state.
ARRL Emergency Communications
The American Radio Relay League has a tremendous amount of information available about both ARES and RACES programs and disaster prepardness. See the ARRL Emergency Communications page for more information about this subject.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), is a special phase of amateur operation sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that provides radio communications for civil-preparedness purposes only, during periods of local,regional or national civil emergencies. Try the Federal Emergency Management Agency Home Page for more information about FEMA.