Pennsylvania is home to approximately 23,000 FCC-licensed amateur radio operators. A large number of these individuals provide emergency communications support through a diverse group of organizations: RACES, ARESŪ, MARS, local clubs, and the NWS SKYWARN program. Others who are not licensed Amateur Radio operators also provide emergency communications support through organizations such as REACT, the Civil Air Patrol, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and others.
The Pennsylvania Auxiliary Communications Services (ACS) Program provides for government use of emergency communications specialists from the above organizations. Additionally, program provides the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) with a primary redundant emergency communications unit that also serves to set an example of how the unit can serve government.
The ACS program is based on and includes the RACES, but broadens the scope to include the use of non-amateur radio volunteers and beyond only utilizing them during emergencies. National Priorities emphasize the need to coordinate resources regionally. The Pennsylvania ACS Program will provide the mechanism to target the coordination of these particular disaster response organizations and their resources on a statewide basis.
The PEMA-ACS name badge is made using our full color process and has a white background with the logo in color and the badge text in dark blue.
The badge measures approximately 2" x 3.25" and is $12.50 which includes the standard safety pin fastener. Other fastener options are available, including the popular Magnetic Bar, please see below. Click here to see other fastener choices.