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THE REACT MONITOR
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF FLAGLER COUNTY ASSIST TEAM 4800 VOL. 1997 - 2 SPRING 97
"CB 9 MONITORED IN FLAGLER COUNTY"
PLEASE MONITOR CB 9 AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.



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 CALLS 806.
    Top Three - DAV 229
    Reckless/Drunk Driver reports 223
    Accident 89.

TOTAL MONITORING HOURS 43,799

    CB 33,381
    HAM 7,352
    GMRS 2,666

TOTAL ACTIVATIONS, DRILLS, AND PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS 53.

SEARCH ACTIVATIONS 1
PUBLIC RELATIONS FUNCTIONS 1
TRAINING SESSIONS / DRILLS 15
SKYWARN / STORM SPOTTER ACTIVATIONS 9
PUBLIC SERVICE ASSISTANCE 16
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER ASSISTANCE 5
EMERGENCY TRAFFIC CONTROL SUPPORT 2
OTHER ACTIVATIONS AND EVENTS 1
TOTAL COLLECTIVE WORKING HOURS 853
TOTAL TEAM WORKING HOURS 93.5

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 stations.

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
At 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 1

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,)
We 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:

  1. Any temporary yellow flashing or rotating lights. No permanent installations.
  2. Can only be used at functions events, or for a roadside emergency.
  3. 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 vehicles" etc.
  4. Can not be used on a moving vehicle unless you are participating in an event etc.
  5. 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 scene.

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 Them.
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 be used.

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 following.

    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 GE.
    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 condition
    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 HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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   Flagler County Assist REACT Team 4800
  P.O. Box 353021
  Palm Coast Fl 32135



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