How do I Join ?
1. First you must be a FCC licensed Amateur Radio Operator of a Technician class or higher who lives and/or works in Tarrant County, Texas. We are looking for dedicated people who spend a substantial amount of their time here in the county and wish to volunteer their time to make this a better place to live and work.
2. Attend the annual SKYWARN training held each spring and periodically through the year by the National Weather Service. Check the RACES Calendar link on the left for dates of scheduled classes. Make sure to choose a date that has the the advanced SKYWARN component as well. All the dates listed on the Tarrant RACES page have what you need.
3. Complete the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) self study courses on the Incident Command System (IS-100), IS-200 and the National Incident Management System (NIMS IS-700). FEMA changes the letter designations of these each time they are updated. Follow the course links below:
Introduction to the Incident Command System IS-100.a
Incident Command System for the Single Resouce and Initial Incident IS-200.a
For the National Incident Management System IS-700.a
For an Introduction to the National Response Framework IS-800.a
Send a copy of the emails showing successful completion or copies of the certificates with your application.
4. Make application to the RACES coordinator.
You can request an application in writing from the RACES Coordinator, City of Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management, 1000 Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102.
Or download the Application here.
5. Listen and observe how the nets are run to learn the procedures used. Read the training materials found elsewhere on this site.
6. Once your application is approved the final step is to take our new member/renewal orientation class where you will have your photograph taken, and sign some additional paperwork. You will also take part in training on the RACES Mission, Goals, Policies and Procedures.