A county RACES has three network levels: county to state, county to city, county to its own units; and possibly a fourth: county to county.
City network levels are: city to county, inter-departmental and possibly inter-city.
These networks are specified in the jurisdiction's RACES plan, which emphasizes the importance of having the plan in advance of an emergency.
In serving its mission, RACES resources are available to all departments or agencies of that jurisdiction; i.e., state, county or city. For example, the State department of transportation has a RACES unit as does Health Services and each of six State OES Regions, all coordinated by the State Office of Emergency Services. However, there is only one RACES plan (and hence, program) for the State, coordinated by the State RACES Coordinator with administration and liaison delegated to the Chief Radio Officer. In a similar manner each jurisdiction can administer its RACES program.