Services / Certifications
While the original mission of REACT was and still is to monitor and assist the local community through Citizen's Band radio, our mission has expanded to encompass a wide array of services. Through continuous training and certifications, Howard County REACT has become a valuable and professional community asset.
At the core of our mission, is providing communications support within the community for various situations. In a disaster response and recovery capacity, our members work closely with public services agencies, Red Cross, and others.
We also provide communications support to various community sponsored events such as runs, marathons, parades, fireworks displays, festivals and others to ensure the safety of it's participants.
Our communications capabilities include HAM, GMRS, CB, and Business Band.
NIMS (National Incident Command Structure)
NIMS is a standardized approach to incident management developed by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is intended to familiarize emergency response agencies with ICS (including all levels of government with public, private, and nongovernmental organizations).
All of Howard County REACT's deployable members hold certifications in various NIMS courses. This includes the mandatory IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, & IS-800 certifications.
Search & Rescue Support
Howard County REACT members are trained in basic search and rescue techniques. While not a normal role for REACT volunteers, this basic capability will allow HCR members to easily integrate with local search and rescue teams whose primary purpose is search and rescue. This capability will allow for the organized and efficient use of radio communications in such an event.
Howard County 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 everyday 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 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 maintain a safe environment for citizens.