Amateur radio tower,
St. Louis County
Emergency Operations Center
St. Louis County Police Dept.
Office of Emergency Management
St. Louis County, MO
Welcome to the St. Louis County R.A.C.E.S. & ARES®
Emergency Operations Website
PLEASE NOTE: Durng severe weather events you can contact the NWS on the 146.940 repeater or us (St. Louis County) direct on the Monsanto Amateur Radio Association Repeater, 147.360, with severe weather reports! Your report will be immediately forwarded to the NWS. If you have any questions and/or problems reaching ether repeater please email Shelley - email@example.com, and we will do our best to answer your question(s) and/or help solve your problem(s).
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
518 AM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
GREENE IL-MACOUPIN IL-MONTGOMERY IL-BOND IL-FAYETTE IL-CLINTON IL
MARION IL-WASHINGTON IL-RANDOLPH IL-ADAMS IL-BROWN IL-PIKE IL
CALHOUN IL-JERSEY IL-MADISON IL-ST. CLAIR IL-MONROE IL-KNOX MO
LEWIS MO-SHELBY MO-MARION MO-MONROE MO-RALLS MO-PIKE MO-BOONE MO
AUDRAIN MO-MONITEAU MO-COLE MO-OSAGE MO-CALLAWAY MO-MONTGOMERY MO
LINCOLN MO-GASCONADE MO-WARREN MO-ST. CHARLES MO-FRANKLIN MO
ST. LOUIS MO-ST. LOUIS CITY MO-JEFFERSON MO-CRAWFORD MO
WASHINGTON MO-ST. FRANCOIS MO-STE. GENEVIEVE MO-IRON MO
MADISON MO-REYNOLDS MO
518 AM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF EASTERN AND
CENTRAL MISSOURI AS WELL AS WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS.
DAY ONE - TODAY AND TONIGHT
THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME
SEVERE, INCREASING IN COVERAGE THROUGHOUT THE EVENING. THE SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING TORNADOES, LARGE
HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. SOME AREAS COULD ALSO EXPERIENCE LOCALLY
DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN - TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY AGAIN TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT. SOME OF
THESE THUNDERSTORMS MAY ALSO BECOME SEVERE.
THERE IS A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS ON WEDNESDAY ACROSS MUCH OF THE
AREA, AND YET ANOTHER CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS ON SATURDAY AND
SUNDAY ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA.
SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RELAY SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS TO THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST. LOUIS.
The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a standby radio service provided for in Part 97.407 of The Radio Amateur Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations governing amateur radio in the United States. The concept of a standby "Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service" to replace the conventional "Amateur Radio Service" during wartime was developed in 1952 as result of input from the American Radio Relay League and the Department of the Army's Office of Civil Defense. During World War II, the Amateur Radio Service had been silenced and a new War Emergency Radio Service (WERS) had to be created from scratch in a process that took six months.
The resulting 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.
When so activated, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service will consist of only those amateur radio operators who have previously registered with State and local governments to provide emergency radio communications for them in times of emergency. Other amateur radio operations might be suspended and operations under the RACES rules might be restricted to certain frequencies within the amateur radio bands.
In addition to wartime communications, operations under the RACES rules can provide or supplement communications during emergencies where normal communication systems have sustained damage. It may be used in a wide variety of situations, including natural disasters, technological disasters, nuclear accidents, nuclear attack, terrorist incidents, and bomb threats.
In the past, actual RACES station licenses were also issued to civil defense organizations. To prevent abuse of station licenses by officials who were not licensed amateur radio operators, limitations on the duration of non-emergency operation and stations that might be contacted were incorporated into part 97.407. Such RACES station licenses are no longer issued, and any operations under the RACES rules would now use licensed amateur radio operators as control operators.
In daily practice, most amateur radio operators enrolled with their local government for possible operations under the RACES rules are also members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, organized by the American Radio Relay League provides emergency communications in the conventional Amateur Radio Service without the need for an emergency declaration from the government.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®)
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) provides emergency communications to "Served Agencies" such as fire and police departments, the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service, hospitals, and others. Many ARES® teams also provide communications for public service events such as marathons, parades, bike riding events, and boat races. Individual ARES® teams are organized at the county level in Missouri. This is the Web site of the ARES® team serving St. Louis County, Missouri.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® is a program of the American Radio Relay League. "ARES" and "Amateur Radio Emergency Service" are registered marks of and are used on this Web site by permission of the American Radio Relay League.
Many ARES® teams also provide communications for public service events such as marathons, parades, bike riding events, and boat races. Individual ARES® teams are organized at the county level in Missouri. This is the link to the Web site of the ARES® specific team serving St. Louis County, Missouri. www.stlares.org.
ARES® Upcoming exercises and projects:
ShowMe Intertie Exercise
May 1, 2013
June 29-30, 2013
County-wide Simplex Exercise
July 27, 2013
VAMC Simulated Emergency Test
August or September 2013
ARCEmergency Communications Awareness Day
Simulated Emergency Test
September, October 2013
For further information and/or questions, please contact:
Steve Wooten KCØQMU
Emergency Coordinator for
St. Louis County ARES® & HARN
St. Louis County, MO R.A.C.E.S. / ARES®
Amateur Radio & Emergency Operations