RACES - Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service


Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service - RACES are Licensed Radio Amateurs that volunteer to serve their respective jurisdictions pursuant to guidelines and mandates established by local emergency management officials. RACES are available to assist any agency to provide emergency communications support as requested by the County of Riverside Emergency Management Department. Riverside County RACES is divided into 13 separate geographical districts with additional special liaisons to selected agencies.

RACES volunteer operators are:

Licensed Radio Amateurs

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.