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Oahu Emergency REACT, Team #6252, located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, is a duly chartered subordinate 501(C)(3) organization of REACT International, Inc. - an International Organization with teams located around the world.
REACT is a network of committed professionals with a desire to assist their communities in times of emergency or disaster. Our members provide their expertise when disasters strike and assist with augmenting local resources with the goal of accelerating relief efforts.
REACT stands for Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team.
Since 1962, REACT volunteers have been "on the scene" providing critical communications and radio monitoring services. Our dedicated members work to "assist in and improve" their local communities. They annually donate their time, equipment, knowledge, and energy working an untold number of hours across a wide range of public service events and incidents.
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REACT provides public service communications to individuals, organizations, and government agencies to save lives, prevent injuries, and give assistance wherever and whenever needed. We will strive to establish a monitoring network of trained volunteer citizen-based communicators using any and all available means to deliver the message.
Oahu Emergency REACT is a group of dedicated volunteers who serve the citizen's of and the visitors to the island of Oahu with communications assistance and emergency response. Over the years, REACT has gained a reputation around the world for getting the job done, whatever the circumstances.
REACT teams across the country and around the world assist many organizations in their local communities, including American Red Cross, Special Olympics, March of Dimes, Easter Seals, American Diabetes Association, Society to Prevent Blindness, and many others.
Oahu Emergency REACT team members assist with radio communications for the Honolulu Marathon, The fourth largest marathon in the United States, as well as the Great Aloha Run. Members also recently assisted with the 2018 Kilauea Volcano Eruption emergency on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Our Skywarn Storm Spotters were activated during Hurricane Lane, and Tropical Storm Olivia here in Hawaii and our members provided emergency communications with a multiple-day round-the-clock Traffic Net during the Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence disaster which impacted multiple states on the East Coast of the Continental US last year.
Oahu Emergency REACT members are trained for and perform traffic control duties in private lots and on a case-by-case basis with the permission of county and state police agencies. This is essential for various community events, disasters, and even every day public service responses when emergency services are overwhelmed. This service frees up local emergency agencies so they can more quickly and appropriately respond to critical tasks.
Crowd control is another essential service that Oahu Emergency REACT is able to provide for various public service and disaster response services. The ability to sort and direct large crowds helps event organizers and disaster response agencies achieve their tasks more efficiently while maintaining a safe environment for citizens.
Oahu Emergency REACT also works with other groups and organizations on Oahu that are focused on safety, disaster preparedness, traffic awareness, and other issues to improve the lives of our residents and visitors.
When working with Community Traffic Awareness Programs we have a radar speed sign available which displays the posted speed limit along with a large red LED sign that displays the driver's actual speed. This can be effective in residential areas where drivers may not be aware of how fast they are actually driving.
Many Oahu Emergency REACT members are cross-trained as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Emergency Responders and SKYWARN Storm Spotters to better serve the citizens and visitors of Honolulu.
All members of Oahu Emergency REACT are also certified in First Aid, CPR, and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Around the world REACT team members serve as an integral part of the emergency management team. As such, they have primary responsibility for storm spotting and disaster response. Additional response capabilities include damage assessment, emergency communications, evacuation, crowd and traffic control, light search & rescue, and Emergency Operations Center and Command Post staffing.
Oahu Emergency REACT members utilize Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), HF, VHF & UHF bands in the amateur radio service along with CB, FRS, GMRS, MURS, and business band radios for local, medium-range, and long-distance communications. We also monitor Aircraft and Marine radio emergency frequencies. We communicate with other REACT teams across the United States and in other countries around the world using private digital communications using a Network Radio system. We are also able to utilize HF, VHF & UHF Packet Radio as well as other digital radio modes to send and receive email and other message forms anywhere in the world using radio frequencies in the event of a normal telephone, electricity, and internet communications outage or disruption.
We recently installed a Doppler Radio Direction Finder system in our communications van that can locate the source of radio signals which can be useful in locating missing hikers with handheld radios, downed aircraft transponders in the mountains, and locating missing kayaks, small boats, and even scuba divers equipped with small EPIRB radios lost out in the ocean.
To assist the National Weather Service in spotting and tracking severe weather as it crosses over Oahu we have installed a VantageVue Weather Station on top of the communications van. This is the same weather station that we use at our office to monitor local weather conditions.
With the addition of the second weather station in the communications van, we can now deploy a temporary weather station anywhere on the island to assist the National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office in monitoring storm conditions.
The VantageVue system simultaneously measures temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed, wind direction, wind gusts, and rainfall amounts which are vital information needed for forecasting and storm tracking.
The weather station sensor array has been installed on top of an electric rotator so that we are able to rotate the weather station sensors into the correct position via remote control to start taking weather readings without having to get out of the van in the rain.
With the addition of a mobile weather station to our communications van, Oahu Emergency REACT is also able to assist the Honolulu Fire Department and the Department of Emergency Management with Hazardous Materials incidents. Keeping track of up to the minute local weather conditions onsite is vital in HazMat situations where evacuations of residents downwind of the incident may become necessary.
REACT International has a well defined beneficial relationship with Radio Relay International (RRI) for efficient, and effective long-distance message handling to the Continental United States as well as other parts of the world. Several Oahu Emergency REACT members are also registered RRI traffic handling stations and Chief Anderson is the newly designated RRI Hawaii State Liaison, the Digital Traffic Network Pacific Region Hub for Radio Relay International and National Traffic Service message traffic, and the Pacific Traffic System Internation Gateway for international message traffic from North and South America westward into Asia and from Asia Eastward to North and South America.
Oahu Emergency REACT has been designated as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ by the National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration (NOAA). The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, we are committed to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.
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As a subordinate organization of REACT International, Oahu Emergency REACT has been designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) Charitable Non-Profit Organization.
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