Flagler County Assist REACT Activity Report 2006.

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 931-5077, 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

2/25/06 Assistance to Health Department, Step Up Walk
7/4/06 Assistance to Flagler Beach PD, Fourth of July Parade
7/4/06 Assistance to Flagler Beach PD, Fourth of July Fireworks (note: tough event)
9/16/06 Assistance to ARES MS 150 Bike Ride
9/17/06 Assistance to ARES MS 150 Bike Ride
12/9/06 Assistance to Flagler Beach PD, Holiday Parade

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
1/24/06 NWS Skywarn Class
2/16/06 Statewide Tornado Drill
7/12/06 FDLE Drill
8/5/06 FireFlight Landing Zone Class
8/14/06 Hurricane Exercise
11/1/06 NWS Skywarn Class

 

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

1/13/06 Assistance to NWS & EOC Skywarn Storm Spotter Operation
6/28/06 Assistance to NWS & EOC Skywarn Storm Spotter Operation
7/26/06 Assistance to NWS & EOC Skywarn Storm Spotter Operation
12/25/06 Assistance to NWS & EOC Skywarn Storm Spotter Operation

 

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

1/8/06 Assistance to FCSO Search for missing person
1/14/06 Assistance to FCSO Search for missing person (same person again)

 

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

2/4/06 Assistance to EOC during Service Fair and Home Show
2/5/06 Assistance to EOC during Service Fair and Home Show
4/3/06 Assistance to EOC during move
4/4/06 Assistance to EOC during move
4/5/06 Assistance to EOC during move
4/6/06 Assistance to EOC during move
4/7/06 Assistance to EOC during move
4/10/06 Assistance to EOC during move
4/11/06 Assistance to EOC set up ops room
4/26/06 Assistance to EOC set up ops room
4/29/06 Assistance to EOC during Grand Opening
6/3/06 Assistance to EOC during Hurricane Expo
6/5/06 Assistance to EOC set up Ops Room
8/22/06 Assistance to EOC setting up VSB
10/6/06 Assistance to FireFlight during Home Depot Expo
12/28/06 Assistance to EOC setting up storage

 

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

1/13/06 Assistance to Fire Rescue, Traffic Control during wildfire
2/6/06 Assistance to FCSO, Traffic Control during crash
4/7/06 Assistance to EOC during wildfire
4/15/06 Assistance LZ at Fire Scene for FireFlight
4/16/06 Assistance to EOC during wildfire
5/22/06 Assistance to EOC during wildfire in Pine Grove section
6/10/06 Assistance to EOC during wildfire
6/11/06 Assistance to EOC during Tropical Storm Alberto
6/12/06 Assistance to EOC during Tropical Storm Alberto
8/24/06 Assistance to EOC during Tropical Storm Ernesto
8/25/06 Assistance to EOC during Tropical Storm Ernesto
8/26/06 Assistance to EOC during Tropical Storm Ernesto
9/22/06 Assistance to The City of Bunnell during water issue.

 

TOTAL EVENTS AND TRAINING = 156 (2005 was 96 )
2006 Membership - 34 (2005 was 24)
Total Volunteer Hours - 1415 hours (2005 was 625 hours)

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.