Emergency Communications Training is Available from REACT

I hadn’t heard anything about REACT for years and was surprised to discover it’s still around. But they are, and they offer emergency communications training, regardless of whether you’re into ham radio, CB or GMRS.

REACT is the abbreviation for Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team. They’ve been around since 1962. Their primary focus for years was citizens band (CB) radio. Over the years they’ve been a leader in public service radio communications.

REACT is looking for more volunteers. Every emergency call requires a monitor to succeed. REACT’s Emergency Communications training and certification program is there to provide the public service community with trained radio operators who have a consistent level of expertise in Emergency Communications no matter where they live.

The training program itself is free! You can download the training course manual from REACT’s site at no cost. But there’s a small cost for printing and postage if you order printed materials.

You don’t have to go anywhere to take the course because it’s done by independent study on your own. REACT encourages its teams and councils to set up study groups.

While this REACT EComm (emergency communications) Training and Certification program is designed for REACT members, anyone is welcome to download and read the course materials. The certification part of the program is generally limited to REACT members. REACT encourages anyone who’s not already a member to become one.

If you want to find out more about how emergency communications works, you can still take training if you don’t want the certification. REACT has more info on what’s necessary for certification if you want that.

REACT’s EComm program was developed with input from ham radio operators, licensed GMRS operators, active CBers, and other radio operators. That includes current or former members of REACT, RACES, ARES, SATERN, the American Red Cross, and other voluntary organizations active in a time of disaster.

Don’t worry if you don’t know what all those names mean. The idea is that a broad array of knowledge went into putting the training and certification program together. It’s meant to reflect REACT’s multi-mode, multi-service approach to emergency communications.

Ham radio operators are no doubt aware that ARRL (the Amateur Radio Relay League) offers EComm training, too. REACT’s program teaches the same procedures for interacting with public agencies, but is different because it also covers citizens band radio, the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), the popular Family Radio Service (FRS), and the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS).

If you’re interested in finding out more, click here for information on REACT’s extensive emergency communications training program


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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.