"Who makes the decision to mobilize? Does RACES wait for a request from the emergency management agency, or do you or another RACES officer decide? The reason I ask is that hams tend (in my opinion) to be arguable and over-react in an emergency-type situation. Please do n't take this personally. You may be perfectly calm and level-headed, but I have seen all too many minor incidents escalated to "emergencies" by over-eager hams on the repeaters. I would insist upon interposing my own judgment as to the need for my services.