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THE REACT MONITOR
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF FLAGLER COUNTY ASSIST TEAM 4800 VOL. 97 - 3 SUMMER 1997
"CB 9 MONITORED IN FLAGLER COUNTY"
PLEASE MONITOR CB 9 AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

FOURTH OF JULY A SUCCESSFUL OPERATION
REACT 1, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 17, and 19 all assisted with this event. REACT 20, 21, 22, and 16 protected CB 9. This event was all day long, and we have use of the countyís Incident Command Vehicle, or known as the ICV. The largest events was the parade, and fireworks. The parade caused the usual traffic congestion, but REACT members were able to assist the Flagler Beach Police in traffic control.

NOTICE 1998 REACT DUES ARE BEING COLLECTED By REACT 3
We are currently collecting 1998 dues. Dues are $26.00 regular / $24.00 for junior or each family member. Please support OUR Team. The dues cycle is slowly being shifted to avoid the Christmas Crush in December. Thank you again for your support of Team 4800.

CHECK OUT OUR REACT WEB PAGE
The web page can be found at http://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. If you are not on the REACT E mail list, contact REACT 1.

"SPIKE IS MISSING!! CALL REACT 1!!"

GMRS AND FUND-RAISER PROJECT UP DATE AND REPORT (By React 17,)
Well we are making progress now. The City of Flagler Beach has donated $500.00, and the City of Bunnell has donated $250.00. The Italian American Club donated $100.00. $50.00 has been received from FPC High School, and $200 from Rogers Towing. We now have $1,300 collected, plus with the grant from the EOC, we have $2,300.00. The GMRS repeater will help relieve congestion on the CB during Skywarn, and other operations.

FCA AMBER LIGHTS
A reminder that we are now approved for temporary yellow lights for special details, and emergencies. These lights will enhance visibility during these types of operations. See an Officer for details. You can get them at Wal Mart and Maskís Shop in Bunnell.

FIFTH COORDINATOR POSITION FILLED
REACT 14, Ray has been appointed as 5th EC at the June REACT meeting. This gives FCA 5 coordinators to draw from during an event. This was done because of the growth of our Team. Ray also works for FCSO as a full time dispatcher.

"REACT 1, DO YOU COPY. HAVE YOU FOUND SPIKE YET?"

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
We welcome REACT 8 Dave REACT 11, Scott, REACT 15 Fred, REACT 19 Chuck. and REACT 27, Kelly Welcome aboard! We now have 23 members.

ELECTIONS ARE COMING
Our Team Elections will not be until the March 1998 meeting, however it is not to early to think about if you would like to run for Office. The current positions are up for election. President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

REACT 20 HAS A LARGE ASSORTMENT OF RADIOS & SCANNERS FOR SALE INCLUDED ARE CB MOBILES AND BASE STATIONS & SCANNERS PLEASE CALL HIM FOR INFO. HIS PRICES ARE VERY HARD TO BEAT!

=== SPECIAL RECOGNITION OF THE QUARTER ===
The Officers of the Team have decided to recognize a REACT member each Newsletter for superb service. During our 3rd Quarter we recognize Richard REACT 24 for his service, and dedication to the Team. Richard works as a conductor for Amtrak, and does not have a lot of free time. However despite this, he monitors CB 9, and has brought gasoline to stranded motorists on several occasions. He has come to REACT events, even coming straight from work on several occasions. REACT 24 has been with the Team for over 1 year.
Thank You Richard, for your support of Flagler County Assist REACT

Watch out Team, YOU might be next!!!! Want to nominate someone, contact an Officer.

REACT SEARCH EXERCISE
6 REACT members were able to participate in the exercise that took place on August 24th. REACT 1, 3, 6, 13, 17, and 20 were able to respond. REACT 21 covered TAC 1 while the Team went to TAC 3. CB was the primary means of communications. Next drill in November.

PREPAREDNESS TIPS
Take time to be sure that your emergency equipment, flashlights, fusees, back up power, and portable radios are operational. All equipment should be charged, ready to go. Be ready. We can be called upon for anything, at anytime.

+++++ TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING +++++
Good training is a critical element to any operation. The following training sessions should be attended by all members of the Team. These are very important.

Good training is where it is at. If you have not had any training, please take time to take a class.

SKYWARN
This class, conducted by the National Weather Service is held at the EOC several times a year. Skywarn teaches you to become a Severe Weather Spotter. This class is about an hour. An advanced Skywarn class will also be offered. This 4 hour class will be a higher presentation of the regular class. A good one for severe weather spotters.

TRAFFIC CONTROL & SCENE SECURITY
This is a MUST if you perform many traffic control events. This class taught by Lt. Sisti of the Sheriff's Dpt. Certain procedures, must be followed, and carried out. The class also touches on how to safely secure an accident scene. This class is offered to REACT & C.O.P. s. It will be featured several times through the year. Once again, members who work traffic control at any time should take this class. Traffic control is one of our most dangerous functions.

REACT SEARCH TEAM
Troy REACT 17 is the REACT Search Team Coordinator, and also the county Communications Officer for the Flagler County Emergency Search Team. Troy conducts the class, REACT Search Team as needed throughout the year. Our Team does get called out for searches when elderly people, or children become lost. We have responded to every request ever made of us. Because of this, search training was begun. This class is about 2 hours, and a MUST if you plan to assist with searches, and search response.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS - REACT TEAM MEETINGS
At EVERY REACT Meeting, we conduct an exercise. This drill takes place at the conclusion of each meeting. It is anything from a plan review, to full staffing of EOC communications posts. This is a MUST if you plan to work in the EOC during an emergency. Know how everything works NOW before the disaster hits.

See that last sentence, see and know how everything works, before the storm, before the disaster, or before the accident. Good knowledge, builds confidence, and ability to perform your function well, and professionally. See a Team Officer about these classes, and when the next one is available.

"REACT 1 COME IN! HAVE YOU FOUND SPIKE YET???"

+PLEASE MONITOR CB 9 AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE+
RIGHT NOW SOMEONE COULD BE CALLING FOR HELP ON CB 9

SUDDEN STORM STRIKES - REACT REACTS.
On Thursday, July 31st, a strong storm was reported by our Skywarn spotters. The storm proceeded towards the east. Rotation in the clouds were reported by REACT Base 21, and REACT 17. REACT 12 also reported pea sized hail. Then REACT 17 found himself in the middle of a downburst. Troy described a rolling mass of rain, and debris coming straight at him. All this information was relayed to Jacksonville Weather. The Weather Service said that all of our observations were right on cue, and prompted weather warnings to be issued.

The month of July saw many Skywarn activations. 15 incidents of severe weather were reported by the Team. REACT spotters also reported severe conditions north of Bunnell during a different storm. This prompted warnings BEFORE the storm hit Bunnell.

INCIDENT COMMAND VEHICLE
The Emergency Managementís Incident Command Vehicle known as the IVC is now up and running. REACT put it through its paces during the Fourth of July event in Flagler Beach. Since we had a day long presence, and since the vehicle was needing a test run, the EOC allowed us use of the vehicle as a Base during the Fourth. The ICV has the following capabilities, ham radio - TAC 6, TAC 7, and national calling. All VHF Fire & EM channels, Marine Channels, weather, and many mutual aid frequencies. It also has the emergency management VHF low frequencies, and also has a CB base that can be set up, when in place. REACT 20 has donated an attachment for a CB antenna on the ICV. There is 120 volt, and 12 volt capability. It even has two cell phones. Anyone wishing to tour the ICV can do so during the day, or at a REACT meeting.

TOTAL FOR 1997 CALLS AS OF SEPTEMBER 536 calls.
September saw the lowest amount of calls ever received, 37. This is mainly due to skip, wiping out the CB 1/4 of the day. But it is important to maintain monitoring of CB 9. Please try to monitor as much as possible, especially during the daytime. Please try to keep on CB 9!

BE SAFE!!
A safety tip, If you are involved in any incident in which someone is apparently injured, always call for EMS to respond, even if the person does not want EMS. This will protect us, plus the person who may be hurt. Sometimes injured people do not think normally, and may even become aggressive. Use caution, and common sense. Always call for EMS if someone appears to be injured. The Med unit can always go back, if they are not hurt.

COOKOUT PLANNED
At the October meeting, we have made plans for a cookout at the Community Park in Palm Coast. We will also conduct meeting business there. Please make plans to attend.

REACT RESPONDS TO LOCAL EMERGENCIES
REACT members were called upon during a serious accident at Belle Terre and Palm Coast Parkway. REACT 1, 19, 20, and 24 responded and Base 13 was Ops Base. Members assisted for about an hour, but enough help was present for traffic control, so we were able to depart, but not before getting soaked by rain.
Then later on that next Friday, a dump truck backed up into a pole, knocking down the traffic signal across Cypress Point Parkway, at Belle Terre. REACT 5, and 6 responded to the request for our assistance with traffic control. This occurred near 1:30 PM. REACT Base 22 maintained communications via CB, Ham, and GMRS. REACT 5 helped until 4:30 PM. REACT 6 left at 3:30 but was replaced by REACT 11. REACT 1 arrived to back up REACT 5. REACT members were relieved by the Fire Police, and the C.O.P.s at 6:00 PM. The lights were fixed somewhere near 2:00 AM the next day. It should be noted that REACT 5, and REACT 1 went on to support the football game that same evening. REACT 5 wound up working about 8 hours of traffic control.

PROPOSED REACT MONITORING SCHEDULE
At the REACT September meeting, it was decided to check into a volunteer monitoring schedule. This will insure better coverage of CB 9 and other channels. This will be a volunteer schedule, set by you. You will be contacted to see what hours on what days are good for you to monitor CB 9. It can be the same hours each day, or just on one day. Monitoring is encouraged though, even when it is not your shift just in case. If for some reason you can not monitor your regular time, you would contact a Coordinator to arrange coverage. Right now this issue is being researched, and results will be available at an upcoming meeting.

REACT ON THE OTHER RADIO
Listen to KISS FM for future Public Service spots about REACT, and on FROG 98.1 FM, REACT featured on a radio talk show. The show aired at 5:45 AM Sept 14th.

UPCOMING EVENTS WE WILL NEED SUPPORT FOR THE FOLLOWING:
10/09/97 Homecoming Parade assist Bunnell PD - 3 PM Bunnell. 10/10/97 Football Game - 6 - 10 PM FPC. 10/11/97 Foot Race Flagler Beach - 7 - 9 AM. 10/12/97 Columbus Day Parade - 2 - 4 PM. 10/17/97 Football Game - 6 - 10 PM FPC. 10/31/97 Football Game - 6 - 10 PM FPC. 11/2/97 REACT Cookout 2 PM Park. 11/8/97 Heart Walk - Palm Coast. 11/23/97 Florida REACT State Council Meeting - Melbourne. 11/97 Search Exercise - foot & field. 12/?/97 Christmas Parade - Flagler Beach. 12/7/97 REACT Meeting

THANKS TO:
REACT 20, 21, and 23. REACT 23, John Olivette donated an old classic CB radio to the Team. It was not workable, but Gary and Petra noted that Cypress Gardens has a radio museum, but CB was not represented. Gary cleaned up the radio, and took it Cypress Gardens. In return Cypress Gardens gave us two comp. tickets to raffle off, or whatever we choose to do with them. Thanks goes to all who participated in this effort, and made it happen.


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