There are two distinct registrations to join Spokane County ARES - RACES. Although ARES and RACES are separate organizations with different requirements, they are jointly operated in Spokane County and require an applicant to complete both applications in order to join in order to be a member of the group.
The first application 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.
Here is a link to the Greater Spokane Emergency Management application