Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
The RACES is a public service provided by a reserve (volunteer) group of amateur radio (ham 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, floods, victim searches, air crashes, and many others.
For more information contact Emergency Management at (731) 427-1271.