Emergency Operations Organizations

 

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The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a standby radio service provided for in Part 97.407 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations governing amateur radio in the United States.

 

The standby RACES service was designed to provide a quicker and smoother transition in the event the President ever needed to silence the regular Amateur Radio Service again when invoking the War Powers Act. Despite four wars involving the United States since 1952, this has never happened.

 

Mississippi’s RACES team supports the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).  The amateur radio at MEMA has both HF and VHF voice capabilities, as well as PACTOR III and VHF Packet.  The station is capable of relaying traffic both over-the-air and WINLink 2000.

 

Jim Rapp, WS7EOC, is the state RACES coordinator for Mississippi.

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ARES groups are volunteer amateur radio operators who come together for the common purpose of providing emergency and/or auxiliary communications service to public safety and public service organizations.

 

Most individual ARES units are autonomous and operate locally. ARES groups are generally organized by city or county and are made up of volunteers from the local area. The only requirements to join ARES are a willingness to serve and a valid amateur radio license.

 

If you live in Hinds County and want to become a member of ARES please contact Jake Lancaster KE5KTU, at jacobjrl76[at]gmailDOTcom

 

To learn more about ARES Visit the ARRL ARES home page 

 

 SKYWARN

 

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program.Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens.

 

Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.

 

To learn more about the SKYWARN program visit the SKYWARN home page

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