Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service is a protocol created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission. Government agencies train their Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) volunteers using the RACES protocol. The RACES 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.