Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES)
In the United States RACES is a standby radio service provided for in Part 97.407 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations governing amateur radio in the United States. Despite four wars involving the United States since 1952, this has never happened. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for the regulation of RACES operations. RACES is administrated by a local, county, or state civil defense agency responsible for disaster services. This civil defense agency is typically an emergency services or emergency management organization, sometimes within another agency such as police or fire. RACES is a function of the agency's Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS).
Basically, ARES is self-activating and can support government and non-government agencies. RACES exclusively supports state, local and federal government agencies and must be activated by the government agency they support. RACES members have specific FCC regulations governing their activities. See FCC Part 97.407 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations for more information.
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