Welcome to the NWTEMC R.A.C.E.S. webpage, a portal for all Tribal RACES
groups and information in Washington State.
A list of Tribal RACES groups and licensees can be found in the following
excel spreadsheet (note you must have a Secure login username and password):
What is RACES?
Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) was established under the Federal
Communications Commission Rules and Regulations, as part of the amateur
radio service. The mission of RACES is to establish and maintain the
leadership and organizational infrastructure necessary to provide amateur
radio communications in support of emergency management entities throughout
the United States and its territories.
RACES is employed during a variety of emergency/disaster situations where
normal governmental communications systems have sustained damage or when
additional communications are required or desired. Situations that RACES can
be used include: natural disasters, technological disasters, civil disorder,
nuclear/chemical incidents, acts of terrorism or enemy attack.
A link to the Washington State RACES website can be found here:
The purpose of this plan is to provide guidance, establish responsibility,
and ensure coordinated operations between State of Washington government
officials (state/local) and the RACES organizations during times when there
are extraordinary threats to the safety of life and/or property. Maximum
benefits from the RACES organizations can be obtained only through careful
planning which identifies the organizations, agencies, and individuals
concerned and assigns a definitive role to each. This plan enables agencies
and organizations having emergency responsibilities to include the RACES
organizations in local emergency plans and programs.
This plan, though issued separately, will be considered as the Tab D to
Appendix 1 (Telecommunications) to Emergency Support Function (ESF) 2 of the
state Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP).
This plan can and should be used as a template for Tribes developing their
own RACES plan for use as part of the Tribe's CEMP.