personnel are expected to report for duty during any unscheduled call-up by
Orange County Sheriff's Department/Communications. During a disaster,
personnel are expected first to ensure the well-being of their families
before reporting for duty.
personnel shall not self-activate, but shall monitor at least one of the
OCRACES repeaters for a call-up or to exchange information, immediately
after becoming aware of an actual or possible disaster (such as a strong
earthquake) within the County.
retain certification, OCRACES personnel are expected to attend at least 75
percent of all regular and staff meetings, to participate in at least 75
percent of all drills, exercises, simulated disasters, and other training
sessions, and to check into at least 75 percent of all OCRACES nets during
the year. To retain certification, OCRACES personnel are also expected to
report for duty for at least 75 percent of all call-outs for disasters or
scheduled events during the year.
personnel are not permitted to belong to another RACES organization, and are
expected to relinquish first-response membership in all other emergency
communications organizations, to avoid conflicts during disaster call-ups.
OCRACES does not want to call its personnel away from other disasters to
which they have a prior responsibility. Personnel must give 100-percent
priority to OCRACES for all emergencies and disasters.
personnel are expected to adhere to all FCC Rules and Regulations, and to
conduct themselves in a manner befitting certified public-safety
communicators. They shall take pride in using excellent operating procedures
at all times, whether or not during a RACES drill or event.
personnel are expected to show a desire to help others, to learn from other
personnel, and to train other personnel. They must exhibit an interest in
and aptitude for handling emergency communications.
personnel are expected to maintain their radio equipment in excellent
operating condition, and to know thoroughly all functions of their equipment
and the equipment at the Emergency Operations Center. OCRACES personnel are
also expected to maintain their duty bags and first-aid kits to be ready for
virtually any type of activation. Furthermore, OCRACES personnel are
expected to purchase uniforms in accordance with prescribed requirements,
and to present a professional public-safety appearance when on duty.