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THE REACT MONITOR
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF FLAGLER COUNTY ASSIST TEAM 4800 VOL 99 - 1
WINTER / SPRING
"CB 9, HAM & GMRS MONITORED IN FLAGLER COUNTY"

DONATION ALLOWS REACT TO PROPERLY SERVE FLAGLER COUNTY
We could not believe it. $7,500.00 donated to us, Little Flagler County Assist REACT. In an organization where are bank account rarely got over $300, this was what we needed. The US Tobacco Company was looking for a 501c(3) organization that was not one of the big ones. They wanted to help Flagler County. They wanted to help someone small.

It was at the end of the year that we got a call telling us the check is on the way. How much. Maybe $1,000 or so we thought. WOW $7,500.

This has greatly improved our Team. The Board of Officers met to restructure meetings, and put things in order. The work was laid out. How to spend this money in an effective manor.

Several needs were identified, gone over, and noted. Several programs were implemented. Safety and communications equipment was the priority.

The US Tobacco Company will be kept up to date on the progress of our Team. We will send them quarterly reports on our functions, and equipment we purchase.

We want to thank US Tobacco, and EVERY MEMBER OF REACT that make it work.

JERRY DAVIS RETIRES, THANKS REACT
Our Emergency Management Director, Jerry Davis retired at the end of February. He was presented an award of appreciated by Flagler County Assist REACT. Jerry wanted to extend his personal thanks to each member of our Team, for all the assistance we have provided.

Jerry has been well liked by the membership and will be missed. He has not gotten out of the Emergency Management business though. he currently is consulting with the City of Flagler Beach on EM issues.

NEW EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR STARTS IN FLAGLER COUNTY.
Eric Gentry, our new director, got to meet the members of FCA at our May 16th meeting. During the meeting he explained some of his changes, including the restructuring of the old Emergency Management Department to the Office of Emergency Services (FCES). Under FCES will be the Emergency Management, EMS, and Fire Divisions, each with their division chief. John Fillanger who will start on June 7th, will be the EM Chief. Jim Cooper who started in April is the Fire Chief, and Ron Bolser remains as EMS Chief.


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GMRS RADIOS ARE NOW EASIER TO GET THANKS TO THE DONATION
The membership of FCA at the meeting on 2/7/99 established the following programs to allow members to afford the GMRS and ham radios. How it works, is that the Team buys radios, members can obtain them, and pay the Team back.

ELIGIBILITY
Each member must have a GMRS license. Members must only transmit on authorized frequencies.

The following equipment is available for the programs.

The following programs are identified for members to acquire radio equipment.

BUYOUT
Under this agreement, the members sign out a radio. It is paid back with a payment each month, for one year. The payment is established by dividing the amount of the radio by 12. That is the monthly payment. The amount owed can be paid back in one year, or earlier.

RENTAL
Under this agreement, the radio cost is divided by 24. That is the monthly payment. Members have the option to buy, but under a system of de value. Other words, the longer you wait, the less of what you paid in rent can be used toward the buyout.

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE
This program is for active members that are in financial duress or other extreme personal situations.
This program puts radios into the hands of these members. Members requesting Special Assistance must go through the Officers. These situations will be kept between the Officers and the member.

 

===SPOLIGHT OF THE QUARTER===

The Officers of the Team have decided to spotlight a REACT member each Newsletter for superb service. This time we spotlight REACT 5, Irene Pickering. Irene has been with REACT since 1985, and is a charter member of the Team She has an excellent attendance record to events, and meetings. She currently serves as Team Treasurer. She started with CB, but also has acquired ham radio and GMRS licenses and equipment. She also went out and bought her own cell phone yellow light, and magnetic signs. She advertises REACT all over the county with these signs.

UP COMING EVENTS
Fourth of July Parade and fest in Flagler Beach, 7/4/99
Advanced Skywarn - 1800hrs (6PM) June 9th 1999 at EOC.
TRAINING - AT EACH MEETING!!


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1999 ELECTION RESULTS FROM MARCH MEETING

President - Bob Pickering
Vice President - Petra Catogge
Treasurer - Irene Pickering
Secretary - Eric Pickering
Sgt. at Arms - Jill Trecki

This marks the first time we have had a female Vice President, and also three female Officers on our board. Troy Harper did not seek re election for the VP Post but will remain as 2nd Emergency Coordinator, and Training Coordinator.

This will allow Troy to be more involved in the Emergency Response functions of the Team, and also Search & Rescue.

STATE COUNCIL MEETING WAS A SUCCESS!
From Petra, Team Vice President...

As the organizers of the State Council Meeting that was held in Flagler, Gary and I want thank those members who were able to donate items for the door prizes. I have had nothing but compliments come our way.

Hosting the State Council Meeting cost our Team $113.38, for snacks, food, soda and supplies for the Hospitality Room. We recouped $80.00 from the door prizes, and also helped raise $34.00 for the State Council, through the 50/50.

A HUGE Congratulations goes out to REACT 3 (Marc). He was present with the award for 2nd Place for Team in the Web Page contest from REACT International. State Council also won 2nd Place for State Council sites, also designed by REACT 3. This is a great accomplishment with the other REACT Teams competing.

Again, thanking all of you I remain, Sincerely Yours, Petra, (Team Vice President)

RADIO NETS
This is a reminder of weekly radio nets in and around Flagler County.
Please try to take time to check in to them.

ARES / RACES NET
Wed @ 1900hrs 145.470
FCA REACT NET
Thurs @ 1900hrs CB - 9, (TAC 1) then 462.675 (TAC 8).

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FLAGLER COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BECOMES FLAGLER COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES

Uniting all services, the Board of County Commissioners have created the Flagler County Emergency Services. Under FCES comes the three divisions.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
This is where REACT, ARES and other Disaster Services will fall. Emergency Management Chief, John Fillanger will be the head this division.

FIRE SERVICE
This will coordinate all Fire Services in Flagler County, including Palm Coast Fire Department, and Volunteers. It will not take in Flagler Beach, Bunnell or Marineland, as those belong to cities. The Fire Inspectors will also fall under this division. Jim Cooper is the Fire Service Chief

EMS
This will coordinate all ambulance service in Flagler County. It is headed by Ron Bolser.

We look forward to working with this new agency in the future.

SEARCH AND RESCUE TRAINING
Marc Bellefontaine (REACT 3), and Dave Moore (REACT 8) have completed the NASAR course. This additional training will support the Flagler County Search & Rescue Team, as well as Flagler County Assist REACT. Troy Harper, SAR Coordinator has said there will be another class in the future for those interested.

STATE COUNCIL MEETING REPORT
REACT 1 Bob Pickering, and REACT 5 Irene Pickering attended the State Council Meeting, in Orlando Florida. Topics included two new Teams, and the possibility of two more.

Florida State DCAT is now chartered. This adds a 2nd statewide response REACT Team. This Team is based out of Vero Beach and can support any operation in the state.

A new Team in Seminole County has been charted, and is getting off the ground. This Team has been launched with the assistance of Orlando Metro REACT.

The Central Florida Disaster Team attended the meeting, and may be looking into starting a REACT Team in the area of Polk County.

Another group in South Florida and one in Ocala, plus in the Big Bend region are also considering Teams.


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NEW ESF-2 SHIRTS
Inspired by the ESF-17 Animal Protection shirts worn by the Animal Protection unit during the fires.

These shirts will be gray in color, and say

FLAGLER EOC
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
ESF - 2 SUPPORT
REACT

They will be embroidered, on the left side, on a collared shirt. They will most likely be available by June. They will be available to REACT and ARES members as well as other ESF-2 personnel. This serves to help REACT as the Team will be making money on these shirts.

A REMINDER
Standard Flagler County Assist REACT Tee Shirts are available. They are white with our logo on the front and back. These shirts are very comfortable, and popular with our members. They are available for $15.00 each.

EMERGENCY COORDINATORS
We are looking at restructuring our Emergency Coordinators in the Team. One idea is to separate We will be discussing this at upcoming meetings of the Team. Think of ideas now, so we can hash it out at the meeting.

NOTICE
EFFECTIVE 5/13/99
Operations Base will be referred to as Net Control Station or NCS. This is the standard term used, and we are standardizing with all other similar groups.

Thanks!

SKYWARN TESTED
Our Skywarn nets were tested several times in the month of May. We even had a Tornado Warning, and our spotters, along with ARES members skillfully observed and reported rotation in the clouds. The repeater has been a major asset in helping with the Skywarn program.

As we approach thunderstorm season, keep these tips in mind.

  1. Make sure your NOAA weather alert radio is ready, and in alert mode.
  2. Listen for the Hazardous Weather Outlook each morning. It can be heard on the NOAA weather radio as part of the regular broadcast. It can also be found on our web page.
  3. Remember, when any warning is issued, it is an automatic activation.

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



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