Lansing Area/Ingham County R.A.C.E.S.

The Radio 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 are 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, and acts of terrorism or enemy attack.

The Emergency Communications Support Function of RACES is meant to supplement and back up – the capabilities of federal, state, and local governments, volunteer organizations, and the public and private sectors to minimize the impact of disasters on the American public.

The Lansing Area RACES group serves the City of Lansing and the Ingham County Sheriff's Department Office of Emergency Management.