Welcome to the LaSalle County RACES Webpage.


If you have any questions about RACES, Weather Spotting, Amateur Radio or Emergency Communications, please contact me at or join us every Saturday for coffee and discussions on emergency communications from 8 to 9 at OSF Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center Meeting Room #4 (near the cafeteria vending machines). - Joe Tokarz KB9EZZ

RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) is provided for in Part 97 of the Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations governing amateur radio in the United States. RACES members, volunteer Amateur Radio Operators, operate in support of the LaSalle County Emergency Management Agency during a declared emergency, including natural and man-made hazardous situations.


Volunteers maintain preparedness through training and periodic communications exercises. During an emergency is the wrong time to get training.


IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
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IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction This course introduces NIMS and takes approximately three hours to Complete. It explains the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS. The course also contains "Planning Activity" screens giving you an opportunity to complete some planning tasks during this course.
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Internet course "IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams" helps students learn the basics of CERT. It has six modules with topics that include an Introduction to CERT, fire safety, hazardous material and terrorist incidents, disaster medical operations, and search and rescue. It can be taken by anyone interested in CERT; however, to become a CERT volunteer, students must complete the 20-hour classroom course.
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Amateur Radio plays an important part in providing information to the National Weather Service. eSpotters are also used. eSpotter is a system to facilitate the submission of spotter reports online. The system is being developed to enhance and increase timely & accurate online spotter reporting and communications between spotters and their local weather forecast offices. The use of the system is currently available for trained spotters and emergency managers.
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Sunday 7 pm local time on 147.12 MHz

First and Third Sunday 4:30 pm local 3.905 MHz