The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) was once funded by the Federal Government through FEMA and managed at the State and down to the county level. This funding lapsed several years ago and should be reinstated. RACES is still specifically mentioned in FCC Part 97 (CFR), yet the program is poorly dispersed across the country due to the complete lack of funding from the Government. Formerly, there were standards developed against which each state had to operate its RACES program in order to qualify for the funding for the program. This would improve and expand Amateur Radio participation in Emergency Response operations while establishing a set of minimum standards for radio communicators that are willing to volunteer their time to the emergency management community.
Idea No. 475