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RACES 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
  • 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






National Incident Management System:

    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.
NIMS Resource Center    FEMA Independent Study Program (ISP)    FEMA ISP Courses




R.A.C.E.S.
Chautauqua County NY RACES
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service


Chautauqua County Emergency Manager        Julius Leone



RACES



County Radio Officer Duane Buchweitz N2LRG


Assistant Radio Officer Doug Justham N2ZK


Assistant Radio Officer Tom Joneson  W2TLJ


Assistant Radio Officer  Dave Thompson AB2WL


Assistant Radio Officer Ken Vossler KG2CU

RACES Packet 145.01 N2LRG-1


RACES Repeater 146.88 K2HE 123Hz


RACES RMS Sites 145.01 N2LRG-10 and 145.01 W2TLJ-10


Portable Repeater 145.25 - AB2WL