Protecting Your Community

Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service

The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a public service provided by a volunteer group of amateur radio operators. RACES is administered by local, county and state emergency management agencies, and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As a part of the Amateur Radio Service, it provides radio communications for civil-preparedness purposes during periods of local, regional or national civil emergencies. Emergencies may include: war-related activities, natural disasters, power outages, floods, victim searches, air crashes, and many others. For more information, visit


SKYWARN Storm Spotters

The National Weather Service (NWS) has established a network of SKYWARN Spotters to help obtain critical weather information. These volunteers help identify and describe severe local storms, enabling the NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. SKYWARN Spotters form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather and help save thousands of lives annually. For more information,