What is the modern REACT all about?
It is amazing to see the various programs and relationships that have developed between REACT Teams and their local governments and emergency services. Teams may: provide first-aid and communications at a multitude of publicly attended events, directly assist local police services with traffic control, provide specialized equipment such as scene lighting, and the list goes on. The interesting thing is that these initiatives come from local teams recognizing the needs in their communities which, with planning and creative thinking, their organizations can fulfill.
Although REACT’s roots are in communications, most successful teams have gone way beyond this role in their communities. Given the incredible advances in personal communications, successful teams have honed in on an expanded role to ensure their long term viability in providing a multitude of services. Keep in mind, communication technology is only one of the tools teams can utilize to solidify their position within their communities.
So what is modern REACT all about? Modern REACT is about the future. We can only imagine the incredible technologies that will be available for REACT Teams to use in the next few years.
Are you prepared to recognize new and exciting opportunities as they present themselves? What ideas can you bring to the table to be a modern REACT Team.
To recognize modern REACT is to recognize that the future starts today, with you and your Team.
Are you looking for a way to serve your community? Do you see the value of being part of a modern REACT Team? If you answered yes to those questions, then welcome to REACT!
It is very easy to start a team your own or find a team to join in your area!
The very first thing you need for your team is a name, bylaws to guide the team as your membership grows, file for an EIN (Employer Identification Number). This is required if you are a United States Based team so that you can take advantage of REACT Internationals Group IRS 501C3 Tax Exemption. Once you have those accomplished go find 2 or more people to start your team and start the paperwork.
To start a team you must have a minimum of three (3) people to obtain your charter we say the more the merrier! Look to your family, friends, and neighbors that are like-minded in wanting to serve the community. When you have completed the charter application and membership packet you send that off to REACT International Inc., once it arrives the applications are processed and you are granted a team charter!
Once you have a Team charter – reach out to other organizations in your community to form Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with other local served agencies such as – ARES/RACES, CERT, VOAD, and local emergencies services.
Here are the forms you will need to start your new team:
- Dues Structure
- Dues Calculation Form – US CAN PR Only
- Dues Calculation Form – INTERNATIONAL Only
- New Member Registration Form
- Officer Record Update
Once you have all your information together, just send it back to REACT International Headquarters for processing along with your charter fee and membership dues.