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What's the Difference Between ARES & RACES?

Emergency service is one of the basics form of the Amateur Radio Service and there is sometimes come some confusion about ARES, the ARRL arm of emergency services and RACES, the government arm of amateur emergency services. This FAQ will outline FCC concerns of these two.

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

  • 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.



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"ICS Form Forms"

Disaster Ham Radio Operator PDF Documents


Important Disaster PDF Documents

Additional Content



ICS Form Form 201, Incident Briefing (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 202, Incident Objectives (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 203, Organization Assignment List (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 204, Assignment List (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 205, Incident Radio Communications Plan (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 205A, Communications List (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 206, Medical Plan (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 207, Incident Organization Chart (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 208, Safety Message-Plan (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 208HM, Site Safety and Control Plan (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 209, Incident Status Summary (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 210, Resource Status Change (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 211, Incident Check-In List (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 213, General Message (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 213RR, Resource Request Message (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 214, Activity Log (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 215, Operational Planning Worksheet (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 215A, Incident Action Plan Safety Analysis (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 217A, Comm Resource Avail Worksheet (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 218, Support Vehicle-Equipment Inventory (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 219, T-Card Instructions (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 219-1, T-Card (Gray) (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 219-10, T-Card (Purple) (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 219-2, T-Card (Green) (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 219-3, T-Card (Rose) (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 219-4, T-Card (Blue) (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 219-5, T-Card (White) (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 219-6, T-Card (Orange) (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 219-7, T-Card (Yellow) (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 219-8, T-Card (Tan) (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 220, Air Operations Summary (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 221, Demobilization Check-Out (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 225, Incident Personnel Performance Rating (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 230CG, Daily Meeting Schedule (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 233CG, Incident Open Action Tracker (v3).pdf
ICS Form Form 260, Resource Order.pdf

ICS Form-251 Facility System Status ReportIncidentBriefing

ICS Form-252 Section Personnel Time Sheet

ICS Form-253 Volunteer Registration

ICS Form-254 Disaster Victim/Patient Tracking

ICS Form-255 Master Patient Evacualtion Tracking

ICS Form-256 Procurement Summary Report

ICS Form-309 Communications Log

ICS Form Forms - Instructions (v3).pdf
NIMS ICS Form Forms Booklet (v3).pdf


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