Radio Emergency Associated
President Jim Koritzky Vice President: Susan Hall Newsletter: Don Tarbet
Vol. 2 No. 2 Fall, 2004
REACT: READY FOR THE FALL
We have important events coming up this fall. We have a request for cooperation
from Penobscot County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) in an
emergency simulation event on October 23. To that end, we will hold a meeting at
Husson College, Rm. 128, Peabody Hall, at 1 PM Sunday October 17 to prepare and
conduct some final tests. We will see at that time who needs what in the way of radio
equipment and see what is available to match with other team members.
We are pleased to note that REACT International has gotten a new insurance
system through a different carrier.
REACT members have participated in a number of activities this year:
March 1: Penobscot REACT members participated in an Incident Command
System training session put on with the Pine Tree Red Cross.
March 24: Penobscot REACT participated with Penobscot County ARES in
presenting a program on emergency communication to the northern Maine
section of Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).
April 18: Penobscot REACT participated with the Pine State Amateur Radio
Club (PSARC) and Penobscot ARES in supporting the Bangor MS walk
which had well over 500 participants and raised over $80,000 for MS.
Participating groups also accomplished specific training and liaison goals at
June 12: REACT members participated with PSARC and ARES members in
an antenna raising project at the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red
Cross in Bangor.
July 24 – 25: Penobscot REACT members Jim Koritzky and Don Tarbet
traveled to Vermont to help establish a New England REACT council.
President Jim is the secretary of the new organization.
October 5: Sectretary Don Tarbet, KD1XU, was appointed Assistant Section
Manager primarily for northern and eastern Maine, for ARRL (American
Radio Relay League)
October 17: Meeting, 128 Peabody, Husson College, 1 PM
October 23: SET with Penobscot County ARES
Every year the ARRL stages a simulated emergency to test communications
preparedness. Each state, district, or county is given considerable leeway in
designing the scenario most likely to represent emergencies that might occur that
way. Leeway is also given in planning the date for the event.
This year Maine ARES will be conducting its SET on October 23. Penobscot ARES
has discussed with Penobscot REACT our cooperation in the event. We would be
asked to perform some short range communications that would free up longer range
communications for inter-area coordination.
Specifically, we might be asked to test relaying from Red Cross shelters and
Chapter Headquarters to the emergency communications headquarters.
Participating REACT members that will be in field positions should prepare a jump
or ready kit. This year’s simulated emergency is weather-related as are most real
disasters in Maine.
Basic Jump Kit
(up to 12 hours)
1. Change of clothing
2. Food and medication for a few hours
3. First aid kit (basic)
4. Comfort supplies
5. Seasonally appropriate weather gear
6. Radios and batteries
7. Writing materials
8. ID (esp REACT membership card)
Produced by Penobscot REACT, team 6088. P.O. Box 1052; Bangor, ME 04402-0502.