offer the opportunity to help local communities
during a Crisis or Natural Disaster
Emergency Service is one of the basics forms
of the Amateur Radio Service
What's the Difference Between ARES & 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.
How can I Register for ARES/RACES
ARES and RACES are both vital organizations and need your participation to make them effective.
- To register with ARES, complete ARRL Form FSD-98 and send it to your local EC.
- To register for RACES, contact your local civil defense office or Emergency Operations Center.
- If you don’t know who your Emergency Operations Center is, contact your ARRL Section Manager.
Disaster Ham Radio Operator PDF Documents
Important Disaster PDF Documents
ICS Forms .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