Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), authorized by Part 97.407 of the FCC Rules and Regulations, is a volunteer organization of licensed amateur radio operators who donate time, skills, and use of personal equipment for public service. Members of this group have obtained their amateur radio license at various levels and are available to help with radio communication when needed. These individuals often help other volunteer groups with communication during planned events or exercises. In the event of a large-scale emergency the highly trained and State-certified RACES group would be the only licensed amateur radio operators allowed to use the (amateur radio) air waves solely for emergency communications.
For more information on RACES and OCARA contact Ottawa County Emergency Management Services at (616) 738-4052.