Communications Unit Mission
To serve as a remote emergency radio communications unit for civil health and safety information trafficking during times of long term communications failure.
The Vermont Emergency Management state Emergency Operations Center is equipped with a full array of communications equipment and computer systems which provide the critical communications needed during disaster operations. On October 15th, 2008 the FCC assigned the station call sign N1VEM to the VEM State EOC Communications Center.
RACES members provide Vermont with vitally important emergency communications services from the field to our main communications center in Waterbury, VT. In January 2019, Cathy James, N5WVR, was appointed RACES Program Coordinator for the State of Vermont. Cathy will lead RACES activities and training in Vermont, and act as liaison with agencies that would like to include RACES as part of their emergency communication capabilities.
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In 2007, Vermont Emergency Management and the Vermont Department of Health launched a joint initiative and established the RACES Healthcare Communications Network (HCN). This program has established 30 HF / VHF / UHF fixed voice and digital stations at every Vermont hospital and Health Department location in the state. The digital communications component of this system utilizes Pactor III SCS modems and the Winlink email system which interfaces with Radio Message Servers (RMS) around the country. This capability allows for HF based data transmissions (email) to the Internet or directly
What is the VEM RACES program?
The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service was established by a US Congressional Act in 1952 to provide emergency communications in times of disaster. The RACES program provides governmental emergency communications in support of disaster response and is coordinated through Vermont Emergency Management.
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) is a volunteer organization of amateur radio operators who are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide essential communications for State and local governments in time of emergency. Created in 1952 to serve in civil defense emergencies, RACES provides essential communications and warning links to supplement State and local government operations during emergencies.