FEMA has been again making matching funds available for RACES and related volunteer communications equipment. An approved RACES plan is a prerequisite, as well as submission of a properly completed FEMA matching funds application to the State. Although FEMA funds are limited, there is no limit to what you can request. If your application is approved you are given notice to proceed and a project completion deadline. The local emergency management agency official is basically responsible but can delegate the task to a qualified Radio Officer. I've seen projects fail for lack of follow-through by busy staff people that could have been rescued by a Radio Officer properly involved in the process.
---Stan Harter, KH6GBX