Flagler County Assist REACT Activity Report 2004.
Activities and Operations performed by Team
ABOUT THIS REPORT
We pride ourselves in our unique organization and what we do. This report details activity of the REACT Team in the past year and is to inform the community of the work conducted by our dedicated volunteers.
ABOUT FLAGLER COUNTY ASSIST REACT
High school students who wanted to make a difference established Flagler County Assist in 1985 with the purpose of using CB radio to help others. Today we are a 501.3(c) non profit organization. Our mission is to provide assistance to Flagler County and municipalities with volunteer services. We provide communications and logistic support during emergencies as well as public service events. REACT stands for Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team. Our volunteers receive training from the National Weather Service and Flagler County Emergency Services.
CONTACTING REACT FOR HELP
For planned events, FCA REACT requests that you contact us at least 2 weeks in advance, earlier if possible. That will allow our volunteers to set time for the event. REACT help for planned events can be contacted requested via 445-7644, 437-9157 or 445-4668
For Emergencies such as searches and any other time critical requests, REACT can be contacted through the numbers above or the Emergency Services Duty Officer or Sheriff's Dispatch. REACT always self activates for severe weather in response to conditions or requests from the National Weather Service. We will respond 24-7 to any emergency request depending on availability of appropriate Team members.
2004 TEAM ACTIVITY
The following is a listing of all events and operations in which Flagler County Assist REACT participated.
PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS
The following are events worked by the Team that assist a charitable organization or provide assistance to the public. We use these events as training grounds for emergencies as well as in an opportunity to test our equipment and readiness.
|4/3/04||Walk for the Animals||Humane Society|
|7/4/04||Fourth of July Parade||Flagler Beach PD/FC Chamber|
|12/11/04||Christmas Parade||Flagler Beach PD/Rotary Club|
The following are training sessions held to help prepare the Team. We pride ourselves in our training and many members have taken a number of training classes from a variety of sources.
|Weekly (49 nets)||Radio Drill||Training Session|
|Monthly (12 meetings)||Monthly Meeting||Meeting & Training Session|
|2/25/04||Search and Rescue Training||Training New Members|
|2/27/04||Tornado Drill||Assist FCES & NWS|
|3/10/04||Skywarn Class||Required NWS Training|
|7/20/04||PSN Drill||Assist FCES|
The following are operations that support storm spotters. Storm Spotters report severe conditions so warnings may be issued faster. These operations support the National Weather Service and Emergency Services in Flagler County. All of our members are certified storm spotters trained by the National Weather Service and many are Advanced Spotters.
|5/1/04||Skywarn Net Activation||NWS|
|5/2/04||Skywarn Net Activation||NWS|
|6/2/04||Skywarn Net Activation||NWS|
|6/3/04||Skywarn Net Activation||NWS|
|6/4/04||Skywarn Net Activation||NWS|
|6/26/04||Skywarn Net Activation||NWS|
|7/3/04||Skywarn Net Activation||NWS|
|7/14/04||Skywarn Net Activation||NWS|
|8/12/04||Skywarn Net Activation (Tropical Storm Bonnie)||NWS|
|8/13/04||Skywarn Net Activation (Hurricane Charley)||NWS|
|8/18/04||Skywarn Net Activation||NWS|
|9/4/04||Skywarn Net Activation (Hurricane Frances)||NWS|
|9/5/04||Skywarn Net Activation (Hurricane Frances)||NWS|
|9/26/04||Skywarn Net Activation (Hurricane Jeanne)||NWS|
TOTAL SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS REPORTED TO NWS: 27
SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS
Flagler County Assist REACT provides communications for the Flagler County SAR Team and is also called upon to assist with searches for lost people etc. A number of members are SAR TECH II certified and many have taken the basic SAR training offered by Emergency Services.
|3/5/04||Activated for Search||FCSO (called off)|
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER AND OTHER SUPPORT
Non-Emergency Support - REACT volunteers assist in day to day operations as well as special projects. Many volunteers are trained to assist in the Emergency Operations Center.
|2/6/04||Station 41 Grand Opening||FCES|
|2/20/04||Step Up Florida Walk-a-thon||FCES|
|6/5/04||FireFlight LZ special event||FCES|
|10/27/04||FireFlight LZ special event||FCES|
The following are events when the Team provided personnel for the EOC during emergencies, or when members were called upon during an emergency or assistance call.
|4/1/04||Wildfire Team||Responded to EOC|
|8/12/04||Hurricane Charley Team||Supported in EOC|
|9/4 - 15/04||Hurricane Frances Team||Support during and after in EOC and assist City of Palm Coast with notifications|
|9/24/04||Hurricane Jeanne Team||Support before, during and after in EOC|
The following is the amount of calls received and relayed by or reported by our members via our radio system: 4
TOTAL EVENTS AND TRAINING = 121 (2003 was 86)
2004 Membership - 25 (2003 was 24)
Total Severe Weather and Reports Relayed - 31
Total Volunteer Hours - 1600 hours (2003 was746.39hours)
NEW VOLUNTEERS ALWAYS NEEDED!
We are always looking for more volunteers to help us help others. As stated before REACT is a volunteer organization, Our members pay dues and also purchase their own radio equipment. Usually a new member can get on the air for under $250.00. For more information visit our website at www.react4800.org. or call 445-7644. Our meetings are the First Sunday of each month at the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell at 7:00 P.M.