This is the first of a series of short courses for REACT members to train to perform communications duties in specific disaster response roles. We have recognized the need for our members to be proficient in handling messages in a disaster environment, whether American Radio Relay League, International Amateur Radio Union, Incident Command System ICS Form 213, or Canadian Incident Management System IMS Form 213 format. To meet that need we have established a bulletin board traffic system that we can use to train in message handling and to serve as a backup system for administrative and operational communications for REACT. At some point, every message handled by an emergency operations center or incident command post is converted into a standard format on paper or in an incident management computer system. This course provides access to a tool to develop proficiency in making your messages effective in a disaster situation.
Our Using the Traffic System Message Bulletin Board covers:
- What is the Problem and What is the Solution
- What is a Bulletin Board
- Accessing the Bulletin Board
- Using the Bulletin Board
- The Duty Cycle
The course manual is 10 pages in length and should take no more than 1 hour to complete. There is a detailed final examination – when you are ready, contact our training staff at Training@REACTIntl.org to obtain the web address and password for our online testing system. Continuing education units are awarded for course completion.
The next step is training for our online voice traffic system. Combined, the voice and bulletin board systems will give us a capability to accept formatted messages from any communications system and use ours or other systems to get the message to its destination.
This course will not make you an expert in composing, transmitting, and delivering message traffic. It is an introduction. Once you have access to the bulletin board you have to practice. Pick up all station messages or specific messages to your team and relay them to the appropriate team officers. Pass administrative requests by message through the system to REACT International, REACT Training, your Regional Director, etc. An ongoing disaster is not the time to try to learn how to originate and communicate messages. When you develop proficiency you will make a real contribution to improve REACT’s overall ability to be an effective communications partner for the emergency management community.