I am the RACES officer for the City of Albuquerque. We have a radio room at the EOC. We are currently working soliciting more volunteers to work the EOC. The RACES commitment to staff the ABQ EOC 24/7, if they need amateur radio services. We have three “positions” in the radio room – two VHF/UHF radios and one HF. As we operate under the control of the Office of Emergency Management, RACES can operate regardless of federal communications blackouts or rules, but as always, you must be licensed at a amateur to operate our radios. You could be tasked to also use 800 MHz public safety network radios, but would be given orientation on that equipment.
Right now Chris Drummond (KC5ICR) is my #2, as Frank Warren, AB5WJ, the Asst RACES officer, is having some medical issues.
RACES operators stay in the EOC and support the EOC Director and takes call from field units, normally at hospitals, shelters or on scene. While some of our folks don’t want to stay inside but prefer to work outside, that is where some work. We need 16 to work the EOC if it has to stay up for extended ops. To work inside the EOC you must take some ICS courses (ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800b), and complete paperwork to be approved by the OEM. It includes a background check, as you will have unescorted access to the OEM, EOC and the 911 center. I can provide you copies if the paperwork at any time, and you can attend our next orientation meeting.
ARES is a ARRL group, and we have at least 100 on our list willing to work facilities or the field. Bernalillo County and Sandoval County have active ARES groups.
Feel free to call me if you have more questions.
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