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RACES means "radio amateur civil emergency service."  It is a radio service using amateur stations for civil defense communications during periods of local, regional, or national civil emergencies.

In times of disaster or emergency, communications support is provided to the City of La Quinta by civic-minded volunteer amateur radio operators.  These operators are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and affiliated with the Riverside County RACES organization.  They are trained and specifically authorized to provide emergency communications between the City and other governmental agencies served by RACES operators.  All members of La Quinta RACES are members of the Coachella Valley District of Riverside County RACES and are registered as volunteer Disaster Sevice Workers.

Coachella Valley RACES maintains readiness through periodic training.  Training occurs at monthly meetings (usually the second Thursday evening of the month in Palm Springs) and during exercises.  Exercises include participation in The Great California ShakeOut each October and providing non-emergency radio communications in support of community events, such as the Tour de Palm Springs charity bicycle ride, to help ensure the safety of more than 10,000 participants.  RACES recruits and assigns amateur radio operators to every city in the Coachella Valley, including the City of La Quinta.

The La Quinta RACES team members meet periodically at the La Quinta City Hall Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

For further information, please contact the Emergency Services Coordinator by email at emergencyservices@la-quinta.org or by telephone at (760) 777-7044.