REACT Warning Team 6247
- Disaster Relief
LocationP O Box 799Glen Allen, VA 23060 United States
The mission of REACT Warning Team 6247 is to support emergency communication and coordination between REACT Teams, REACT International headquarters, and supported emergency response and relief organizations by: (1) Operating a traffic handling system to receive, transmit, and deliver formal messages in standard formats to support disaster communications. (2) Supporting training for REACT members in disaster messaging through use of the traffic handling system. (3) Providing alerting and warning messages to and receive situation reports from REACT Teams during disaster exercises and actual major emergencies and disasters. (4) Operating alternate communications pathways in disasters for supported organizations.
REACT originated in the 1960s as an organization to provide emergency assistance to motorists through CB radio. Today REACT includes communicators with a wide range of skills in Amateur Radio, Citizens Band, General Mobile Radio Service, and Family Radio Service who train for and provide emergency communications in local and major emergencies and disasters. REACT Warning Team 6247 operates REACT's Traffic System to provide alerting and warning, coordinate our 100 Teams' response, and train operators in disaster communications. In the past 12 months we have worked on 6 hurricane responses, 1 earthquake, and 4 nor'easters, plus 5 national and 1 international disaster response exercises. Our Team is Internet based, runs weekly communications nets, and operates a virtual emergency operations center.