Amateur Radio in Public Safety and Emergency Response. ARES and RACES In Southern Illinois. What is amateur radio?. Operators are licensed and regulated by the Federal Communications Commission
ARES and RACES
promotes interest in Amateur Radio communications and experimentation
represents US radio amateurs in legislative matters, and
maintains fraternalism and a high standard of conduct among Amateur Radio operators.What is ARRL?
County sheriff departments
Municipal, township, and county fire and rescue
Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA
Hospitals, shelters, disaster relief workers, disaster victims
VHF and UHF local communications via repeater or simplex
HF communications to distant locations in the event of widespread disaster
Digital mode (packet radio, PSK31, etc.) for information transfer when fax and Internet are down
Smooth interface and help for served agenciesWhat ARES Does:provides emergency communicationsto assist public safety and welfare agencies
What is RACES?Founded in 1952, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a public service provided by a reserve (volunteer) communications group within government agencies in times of extraordinary need. During periods of RACES activation, certified unpaid personnel are called upon to perform many tasks for the government agencies they serve. Although the exact nature of each activation will be different, the common thread is communications.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides planning guidance and technical assistance for establishing a RACES organization at the state and local level.