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Emergency Service is one of the basics of the Amateur Radio Service. Sometimes there's confusion between ARES and RACES. Simply stated, ARES is the ARRL arm of emergency services and RACES is the government arm of amateur emergency services. If you are registered in ARES and RACES, you can switch hats as conditions dictate. ARRL and FEMA both recommend dual membership.

RACES is administered by local, county and state emergency management agencies, and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the United States government, is a part of the Amateur Radio Service that provides radio communications for civil-preparedness purposes only, during periods of local, regional or national civil emergencies. These emergencies are not limited to war-related activities, but can include natural disasters such as fires, floods and earthquakes.

As defined in the rules, RACES is a radiocommunication service, conducted by volunteer licensed amateurs, designed to provide emergency communications to local or state civil-preparedness agencies. It is important to note that RACES operation is authorized by emergency management officials only, and this operation is strictly limited to official civil-preparedness activity in the event of an emergency-communications situation.

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