Flagler County Assist REACT Activity Report 2005.

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 931-7526, 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.

2005 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.

Date Event - Assisting

1/15/05 Humane Society Function – Humane Society

2/19/05 5k Race Flagler Beach – Flagler County

4/16/05 Walk for the Animals - Humane Society

7/04/05 Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks - Flagler Beach PD and FC Chamber

9/11/05 9-11 remembrance event

9/17/05 MS 150 Bike Ride – MS Society

9/18/05 MS 150 Bike Ride – MS Society

12/3/05 Christmas Parade Flagler Beach - Flagler Beach PD

TRAINING EVENTS

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.

Date Event Purpose

(48 Nets) Weekly Radio Drill Weekly Training Session

(11 Meetings) 1st Sunday of month Monthly Meeting and Training Session

2/23/05 Tornado Drill National Weather Service (NWS) and EOC

8/4/05 Hurrivac Software Class and training session

10/24/05 Skywarn Class NWS

 

SKYWARN OPERATIONS

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. In addition to networks, members also forward data such as rainfall and wind gusts to the NWS.

Date Event Assisting

3/25/05 Skywarn Net Activation National Weather Service (NWS)

4/07/05 Skywarn Net Activation National Weather Service (NWS)

8/28/05 Skywarn Net Activation National Weather Service (NWS)

 

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.

Date Event Assisting

10/28/05 Search Activation Flagler County Sheriff’s Offic (FCSO)

12/03/05 Search Activation Flagler County Sheriff’s Offic (FCSO)

 

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.

Date Event Assisting

1/10/05 Assist FCES making map books Flagler County Emergency Services

2/7/05 Assist with stamping fliers Flagler County Emergency Services

2/12/05 Help at Home Show with display and landing zone Flagler County Emergency Services

2/13/05 Help at Home Show with display and landing zone Flagler County Emergency Services

3/01/05 Assist in putting fliers together – Flagler County Emergency Services

3/07/05 Assist in checking a weather radio – Flagler County Emergency Services

3/14/05 Assist in checking a weather radio – Flagler County Emergency Services

3/15/05 Assist in checking FRS radios – Flagler County Emergency Services

3/28/05 Assist in checking a weather radio – Flagler County Emergency Services

4/24/05 Fire Flight LZ special event Flagler County Emergency Services

6/11/05 Assist in putting fliers together – Flagler County Emergency Services

6/22/05 Fire Flight LZ special event Flagler County Emergency Services

7/08/05 Assist in Emergency Operations Center – Flagler County Emergency Services

7/09/05 Assist in Emergency Operations Center – Flagler County Emergency Services

8/17/05 Assist in Emergency Operations Center – Flagler County Emergency Services

8/31/05 Assist in Emergency Operations Center – Flagler County Emergency Services

9/12/05 Assist in Emergency Operations Center – Flagler County Emergency Services

9/23/05 Assist in Emergency Operations Center – Flagler County Emergency Services

10/01/05 Fire Flight LZ special event Flagler County Emergency Services

11/03/05 Assist in Emergency Operations Center – Flagler County Emergency Services

 

EMERGENCY SUPPORT

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.

Date Event Notes

10/26/04 Hurricane Wilma support.

 

TOTAL EVENTS AND TRAINING = 120 (2003 was 86)

2005 Membership - 26 (2004 was 25)

Total Volunteer Hours - 625 hours (2004 was 1600 hours due to hurricanes)

 

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. Our meetings are the First Sunday of each month at the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell at 7:00 P.M.