THE REACT MONITOR
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF FLAGLER COUNTY ASSIST TEAM 4800 VOL. 1997 - 2
"CB 9 MONITORED IN FLAGLER
PLEASE MONITOR CB 9 AS MUCH AS
TEE SHIRTS AVAILABLE
Here is proof that the all knowing Team
leadership, (yeah right) can take on a project, and finish it. The T
Shirts are now available. Cost is $13.00 for all sizes, except $14.50 for
XXL. This is 3 dollars more, due to some extra work that had to be done,
but is still cheaper than most quality T shirts today. The T-shirts are
VERY nice, and all but the small size feature a shirt pocket. The T-
shirts are white, feature the REACT Logo, and name with the proper colors.
All profits go to the TEAM. Thank you to REACT 17 for working on this
project. Thanks to REACT 20, as it was his idea to pursue this project.
Special thanks to Charlie Helm of the Flagler Beach Rotary, who donated
$100.00 towards the shirts. CONTACT REACT 1 for ordering, and purchasing
your T shirt(s). Please support your Team.
FCA RESPONDS TO SEVERE WEATHER THREATS
From April to June FCA
activated Skywarn for several severe and hazardous weather events. These
ranged from waterspouts, hail, high winds, and local flooding. One of the
more serious storms struck on 4/23/97. We also had problems in late May
& early June mainly with heavy rain related problems. REACT 3 found
himself in the middle of a large puddle on one occasion. We discussed the
Skywarn operations at the June meeting. It was decided that if the
operation is getting busy on TAC1, to move the operation to TAC 2 or other
alternative frequency. This will keep TAC 1 open for emergency calls. It
will be up to the coordinator on duty to make that call. Thanks to all who
helped and were on the air with us.
REACT EXERCISE GOES WELL
We were only able to bring 6 members into
it, but the exercise went very well. Many members who participated have
not played in the exercises before, so it was good training. We simulated
a storm strike across the area, using houses under construction as
buildings damage or destroyed. Another field exercise is set for August.
HURRICANE JERRY HITS FLAGLER BEACH
REACT 6, REACT 12, REACT 15, and
REACT 11 manned communications posts to relay communications during the
Hurricane Jerry drill in Flagler Beach. The ARES also provided 3 members
for support. REACT 17, and REACT 14 were unable to attend but REACT 17
donated time and resources to produce the video for the drill. REACT 14
also helped in the production of the video. The event went very well, and
demonstrated how important communications are in any emergency.
FLAGLER COUNTY ASSIST REACT TEAM 4800, 1996 CORRECTED STATS
TOTAL MONITORING HOURS 43,799
TOTAL ACTIVATIONS, DRILLS, AND PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS 53.
|PUBLIC RELATIONS FUNCTIONS
|TRAINING SESSIONS / DRILLS
|SKYWARN / STORM SPOTTER ACTIVATIONS
|PUBLIC SERVICE ASSISTANCE
|EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER ASSISTANCE
|EMERGENCY TRAFFIC CONTROL SUPPORT
|OTHER ACTIVATIONS AND EVENTS
|TOTAL COLLECTIVE WORKING HOURS
|TOTAL TEAM WORKING HOURS
1995 total calls-925, monitoring hours-34,398, total activations,
drills etc.-31 working hours-437.
UP COMING EVENTS
The 4th of July celebration in Flagler Beach will
take place Friday 7/4/97. Flagler Beach PD would like to have our support
for the entire day. We will need assistance with the parade, then patrol
for the duration of the day, then assist with the fireworks. We will need
all available members for this event. Full crew will be needed during the
AM, and during the Fireworks. A patrol crew of at least 2-3 will be needed
for the duration of the time. Remember also be prepared for those non
planned events that we get called for.
SKIP COMING BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The solar cycle is coming back
through, and the lack of skip that we had will cease. In 1988, a mobile
unit could not call a base from Belle Terre to the C section, because of
heavy skip. GMRS, Cell Phone and Ham Radio will help us overcome these
problems. It is important to pursue these other resources. However it is
important to continue to monitor CB 9. Other Teams gave up during the last
skip cycle. Even during heavy skip, calls do still get through. It is more
important to stay on 9 during skip due to the limited range of the base
HAM RADIO NEWS
The 146.865 Mhz repeater should be back on the air
soon, or already back on by the time you read this. Also another 2 meter
repeater may be coming to the county, to be based in the area of the KOA
Bulow campground. The 147.300 (TAC 7) repeater is currently being
repaired. A 24 db loss was found in the duplexer (!). The duplexer is
currently being adjusted. Hopefully we will be back on the air.
CHECK OUT OUR REACT WEB PAGE
www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/4810. We have links to other sights
and also to the NEXRAD radar service. REACT 3 has been working on the page
and is continuing to update it.
ROLL CALL THURSDAYS AT 19:00 hrs ON TAC
FCA HELPS WITH MONDEX FIRE
On the afternoon of May 21, 1997, a large
fire evolved in Mondex. Fire units raced to the scene. A request went out
to FCA to support communications in the EOC. REACT 17 was available and
quickly responded. REACT 6 with assistance of REACT Base 16 placed the
Team on a Level 1 alert. Members were standing by for any further
assignments and requests. The fire was knocked down in 3 hours, Troy was
able to leave in 2 hours.
GMRS AND FUND-RAISER PROJECT UP DATE AND REPORT (By React 17,)
are continuing on our list. We also are contacting service and charitable
organizations to ask for their assistance in helping us. So far the big
companies said no, but we are following up on some of the smaller
companies. The Red Cross also has given us ideas to pursue. Palm Coast
Utility Corp. has donated $100.00, and the Kiwanis Club has also donated
$100.00! That will bring us near $486.00 according to REACT 3.
FCA AMBER LIGHTS
We have been approved by FCSO to use non permanent
yellow lights on our vehicles for use during certain functions. The rules
governing use of such devices are included in the new release of Team
rules and regulations. In a nutshell the following equipment and procedure
can be used:
- Any temporary yellow flashing or rotating lights. No permanent
- Can only be used at functions events, or for a roadside emergency.
- Can not be used to respond "Code 3" to an incident, or to go through
traffic lights, stop signs etc. Can not be used to "pull over any
- Can not be used on a moving vehicle unless you are participating in
an event etc.
- Must be stowed away out of sight, when not in use.
The primary use of these yellow lights will be used for extra
visibility during hazardous conditions, such as at night, in heavy
traffic, bad weather etc. They are not needed at every REACT event that we
do. They can also assist if you stop at an accident or other hazardous
If you are interested in getting your own yellow light, you
must be qualified by the Officers of the Team. Qualification is
understanding all of the rules involved with the yellow lights. We hope
that this addition to the Team will help make events safer. Please contact
one of the officers when you have a yellow light.
Where To Get
Maskís gunshop sells the magnetic rotating and flashing lights.
These are professional lights and may run $50 or more. Gallís also sells
the same, See REACT 1. Discount Auto Parts also sells a cheaper but
effective version. Wal Mart also sells a flashing alternating light for
about $16.00. ONLY YELLOW CAN BE USED. No other color including clear can
REACT BUSY ON 5/27/97
On that day, we had 3 activations. The first
was request for assistance with a lost person. 9 members responded, but
the subject was found as we got organized. The second event was a severe
storm warning that effected the county. Then another storm moved through 2
hours later. This storm brought heavy rain, and flooding REACT members
helped redirect traffic around the flooded area.
REACT 7ís EQUIPMENT
We have acquired REACT 7ís equipment from his
widow. REACT 7 has been with FCA since 1989. He passed away last year. He
has donated the following to REACT Team 4800
We decided at the Team
meeting that the EOC base will be improved, with what is needed from the
Cobra GTL 2000 Base Station, DL104 Mike, SSB
1 surplus mobile 40
ch Base/mobile will be used for the Incident Command Vehicle
The following will go to the Team.
two 40Ch CB handhelds.
1 traffic vest.
40 Ch CB Base made by
40 Ch CB Base made by Royce
20 Ch Bearcat handheld Scanner
Base Bearcat 50 - 100 Ch Base Scanner
Antron A 99, base antenna
40 Ch CB Mobile
2 REACT Magnetic signs for vehicle, good
10 Meter ham radio amplifier w/preamp
SPECIAL RECOGNITION OF THE QUARTER
The Officers of the Team have
decided to recognize a REACT member each month for superb service. Our
first members are Gary & Petra Cattogge. REACT 20, & 21 Both have
been in REACT since 1995, and are strong forces on monitoring CB 9. During
a week in June Gary assisted at the scene of two accidents with in one
week. Thank You Gary & Petra for your service to FCA REACT.
Watch out Team, YOU might be next!!!!
BE PREPARED - HURRICANE SEASON IS
Flagler County Assist REACT Team 4800
Palm Coast Fl 32135