The Calhoun County RACES is composed of FCC-Licensed Amateur Radio Operators who have voluntarily registered their capabilities and equipment for public service communications duties.
The purpose and responsibility of the Calhoun County RACES is to furnish communications to the Public-Service Agencies of Calhoun County and the general public, in the event of a natural disaster situation, when regular communications fail or are inadequate for a particular situation or overloaded.
While the Calhoun County RACES primarily serves the Calhoun County EMA the following agencies could also be served during a communications emergency:
Calhoun County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Calhoun County Citizens Corps, Calhoun County VOAD, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Calhoun County Civil Defense, Calhoun County 911, any and/or all Calhoun County Fire Departments, any and/or all Calhoun County Law Enforcement Agencies, Calhoun County HAZ-MAT Team, any and /or all Calhoun County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Temporary Emergency Shelters, North East Alabama Regional Medical Center, Calhoun County Health Department, and any other county, state or national public service agency requesting assistance.
We are always looking for new volunteers to join our group that serves the needs of the residents of Calhoun County and the surrounding area. If Emergency Communications is something that you’re interested in and you want to serve your fellow citizen in time of need, then you have found a great place to do that!
What is RACES?
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service is administered by local, county and state emergency management agencies, and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It 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.
RACES volunteers across the nation, as has the Calhoun County RACES, have embraced the protocols of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a consistent nationwide template to enable federal, state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together to protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents. Below is a list of the NIMS compliant courses that follow the NIMS guidelines:
IS-100.b - (ICS 100) Introduction to Incident Command System
IS-200.b - (ICS 200) ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700.a - National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
IS-701.a - NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (MACS) Course
IS-702.a - National Incident Management System (NIMS) Public Information Systems
IS-703.a - NIMS Resource Management Course
IS-704 - NIMS Communications and Information Management
IS-706 - NIMS Intrastate Mutual Aid - An Introduction
IS-800.b - National Response Framework, An Introduction
For more information about the NIMS courses or to take them please check here: NIMS Courses
While not required, the following additional courses from the Emergency Management Institute and the American Radio Relay League are highly recommended.
IS-802 Emergency Support Functions Communications
Introduction to Emergency Communication (EC-001)
Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs (EC-006)