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During an emergency, when is ARES activated? How about RACES?

posted Aug 15, 2013, 8:06 AM by Stones River
Tidbits From: http://www.arrl.org/ares-races-faq

ARES is activated before, during and after an emergency. Generally, ARES handles all emergency messages, including those between government emergency management officials. RACES, on the other hand, almost never starts before an emergency and is active only during the emergency and during the immediate aftermath if government emergency management offices need communications support. RACES is normally shut down shortly after the emergency has cleared.


  • How can I register for RACES? How about ARES?-

    RACES and ARES are both vital organizations and need your participation to make them effective. To register for RACES, contact your local civil defense office or Emergency Operations Center. To register with ARES, complete ARRL Form FSD-98 and send it to your local EC. If you don’t know who your EC is, contact your ARRL Section Manager.



Want to know more about ARES?
These pdf file below should address all your issues.

ARES Manual pdf

ARES Resources Field Manual pdf



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