REACT International, Inc.

5210 Auth Rd #403, Suitland, Maryland 20746
(301) 316-2900 Office (301) 316-2904 Fax
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PURPOSE. The purpose of this plan is to provide a statement of those actions REACT International, Inc. will take in the event of a major disaster. This plan does not direct the emergency response actions of individual REACT Teams or Councils. This plan was adopted by the REACT International Board of Directors during the July 2003 Convention.

SCOPE . This plan describes planned actions of REACT corporate headquarters and officers.

POLICIES. All the policies, bylaws and procedures set forth by REACT International, Inc. will remain in effect except as specifically stated in this plan or as announced by the corporate officers in accordance with their authority under the bylaws.

GENERAL . REACT International, Inc. is not an emergency response organization. REACT International, Inc. does not, itself, provide emergency services directly either to the public or to other organizations. REACT Teams generally are emergency response organizations - the Teams may provide emergency services direct to the public or to other organizations.

CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS. Each Team is responsible for its own local plan(s) and response(s). Team plans should include Mutual Aid agreements with surrounding Teams and with other organizations, as appropriate. Councils are encouraged to assist Teams in developing Mutual Aid plans and agreements with other REACT Teams throughout both the Council area and adjoining areas. Councils are strongly encouraged to actively participate in their state or regional chapter of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and coordinate plans and Mutual Aid agreements with other VOAD member organizations as well as Office of Emergency Services and similar.

REACT response in major disasters consists primarily of providing additional emergency communications or manpower resources for other disaster response organizations. When local needs exceed the capability of the responding Team, that Team should activate its Mutual Aid plan(s) to request additional assistance.

If the planned level of Mutual Aid assistance is not sufficient to meet local needs, the responsible Team will coordinate with the local Incident Commander prior to requesting unplanned additional Mutual Aid resources. After coordination with local authorities, Teams may request additional resources directly from other Teams, through their REACT Council, Director of the appropriate Region of REACT International or through REACT International, Inc. Headquarters

Incoming REACT Mutual Aid resources will be coordinated through the local Team that has requested assistance, unless otherwise provided in an established Mutual Aid agreement. In all cases, Mutual Aid resources will be coordinated prior to moving to any disaster site.

SITUATION REPORTS (SITREPS). Situation Reports are extremely important to effective disaster response. Teams that activate in major events should send in a SITREP as soon as possible and update the information as significant changes occur. The SITREP should include type of event, level of Team response, expected duration, foreseen needs, etc. SITREPS may be faxed or e-mailed to REACT Headquarters, with copies to the State Council (if any) and the Director of the Region.. SITREPS may be phoned, if necessary, but confirming fax or e-mail reports will be prepared and transmitted as soon as possible thereafter to ensure accuracy. REACT Headquarters staff will notify the President and Executive Vice President when SITREPS are received.


LEVEL 0 - Routine. Normal, no state of alert exists. Normal monitoring and operations.

LEVEL 1 - Notification. REACT Headquarters staff will notify the President and Executive Vice President that a situation exists that may result in requests for additional assistance. Officers will assess the situation.

LEVEL 2 - Alert. Additional staffing will be implemented, using any available personnel, at REACT Headquarters to monitor and coordinate requests for information or additional assistance/equipment.


General Responsibilities of All Involved. The following are recommended procedures to be heeded by all involved.

  1. Establish, maintain and update Emergency Plans and Mutual Aid agreements.
  2. Be aware of terms and conditions of any local or national Memoranda of Understandings (MOU) with assisted agencies and advise supporting/relief groups of specific requirements and/or restrictions..
  3. Develop liaisons with similar organizations.
  4. Maintain a state of readiness.
  5. Share information through SITREPS during activation(s).
  6. Only respond if requested, and then, only after coordination with the local authorities responsible for the disaster locations.
  7. Conduct yourself professionally at the scene and on the air. Any problems that may be encountered can be critiqued afterward in order to preclude, as much as possible, recurrences in the event of subsequent operations.

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To the extent possible, a database of available personnel, equipment, supplies, etc.(utilizing information provided by Teams) will be developed and maintained at REACT Headquarters for use, as necessary, to supplement local resources should the need arise.

Immediately upon receiving notification from a Team or Council that local REACT members have been activated to assist local authorities or agencies, and that local resources are not sufficient to accomplish the necessary tasks, the President, or by the authority of the President, the Executive Vice President of REACT International will assign the appropriate Director (or other qualified person) to act as liaison between the local REACT group(s) and other Teams/agencies as required. This liaison will:

  1. Maintain contact with the local REACT Incident Commander or Supervisor to determine what, and, when additional personnel and/or equipment are needed to maintain the efficiency of REACT operations and to arrange for the acquisition of these items.
  2. Assist, as requested, with the scheduling, logistics, etc. of personnel and/or supplies that might become needed during the period of emergency operations.
  3. Provide a line of communications between the local REACT group(s) and the President of REACT International for the purpose of disseminating information or facilitating or issuing "Press Releases," keeping in mind that the President is the "Official Spokesperson" for REACT.

At such time as the appropriate "Local Authority" determines that the emergency situation no longer exists, or when outside help is no longer needed by the local Team(s)/Council, the designated "Liaison" will terminate his involvement.

Teams in the Disaster Area. A Team in a disaster is going to be very busy with meeting its own needs and needs of the community it serves. Actions may include the following:

  1. Responding to the event at hand.
  2. Providing SITREPS to local agencies, to the applicable REACT Council(s), Director of the affected Region(s) and to REACT International, Inc. Headquarters.
  3. Activating local Mutual Aid plans and agreements as necessary.

  4. Looking for help locally, first, before asking for help that may need to travel great distances to get to the scene. Coordinating with local authorities prior to requesting that any additional REACT Teams respond to the situation.

The Team should follow its emergency plan.

Teams Outside the Disaster Area. Teams that are outside the area of impact may be able to support REACT response. The following actions should be taken:

  1. Staying in touch, on a regular basis, with the State Council or designee.
  2. Advising the State Council, Director of the Region(s) or REACT International, Inc. Headquarters of any Team capabilities or resources that were not previously included in the database maintained at REACT Headquarters.
  3. Keeping local members informed about what is going on.

If another Team, Organization or Agency requests your Team to respond into a disaster area, ensure that the request has been properly coordinated with local authorities before initiating any response. Notify your State Council, Director of the Region and REACT Headquarters of any response requests not received through the Disaster Liaison and of any resources provided.

REACT Councils. Councils have two significant roles in REACT response to major disasters.

  1. PRIOR TO A DISASTER: Encourage advance coordination among Teams within the Council area and adjacent areas, and coordinate with State and/or Regional Emergency Management agencies and voluntary organizations.
  2. DURING A DISASTER: Implement Council plans to assist in coordinating among the Teams within the Council area and adjacent areas and between the Teams and REACT Headquarters.

AFTER ACTION REPORT(S). Upon termination of REACT participation in Disaster Operations, a report will be prepared to reflect:

  1. The basis for the activation of REACT .
  2. Duration of REACT involvement.
  3. Narrative of REACT activities.
  4. Description of resources (numbers and hours of personnel and/or equipment) provided.
  5. Difficulties/problems encountered during the operation(s) and recommendations for resolution(s).

Copies of these reports will be provided to appropriate State Council(s) and Director(s) of Region(s) and to REACT International, Inc. Headquarters.

REACT International Disaster Response Plan Revised 07/2003

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