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How to join ARES / RACES

There are two distinct registrations and depending on the service you wish to volunteer for you may need to fill out one or both.

The first is for the Spokane County ARES group. This application, when approved, adds you to a roster of Amateur operators who volunteer for various activities. These may be emergency related or other activities such as assisting with communications for Bloomsday or the Spokane Lilac parade.

The second is for the Spokane County RACES group. This group requires both the ARES application and a second application with Greater Spokane Emergency Management. This second application will go through a security and background check so the Spokane County Department of Emergency Management can call upon you for emergencies and serve in an official capacity. This application is NOT necessary to only join the ARES group.

You can download the Spokane County ARES registration form, fill it out and bring to the next Spokane County ARES / RACES meeting, or fill in the on-line application form and submit.

Here is a link to the Greater Spokane Emergency Management application, ne