In other areas of the country --- possibly with completely different government agencies --- volunteers whether fire, search and rescue or communications, report to a sponsoring agency before responding to an event. There may be little opportunity for Amateurs to self-activate if there is a government agency assigned responsibility in that area.
"As an official responsible for administering a RACES program I am concerned over the procedure utilized in requesting assistance to the situation in "Blank" county; where members of our RACES unit were asked to assist by a request broadcast on Amateur frequencies directly to potential volunteers . . . This request should have been made to the person authorized by the local disaster council with which such volunteers are registered. Direct contact between one county and volunteers registered with a separate county raises questions of liability, dual registration, and procedural error."
Think about it!