Maine REACT Council

Radio Emergency Associated Communication Teams

REACT International has been with us for 40 years providing emergency and public service communictions.  
We are organized into local teams which may be organized into councils which in turn report to regions which then report to 
REACT International.  The Maine Council has existed in a relatively dormant state for more than a decade, but 
in 2004 a new team was launched.  In January of that year, Penobscot REACT held its organizational meeting.  

Since then Council members have been active.  Penobscot REACT has carried out training and public service efforts, not only within the team, but in conjunction with Penobscot County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and the Red Cross.  Check the team page for further information.  Additionally, we have begun discussions of a Council-wide training exercise.

In late fall of 2005, Penobscot REACT Secretary/Treasurer was appointed editor of The REACTer, magazine of REACT

Some Basic Principles of Emergency Communications

  1. Be prepared. Make sure your equipment is in working order and that you have backups of batteries and whatever else you need.
  2. Prepare a jump kit with warm clothing, supplies, food, medication, and first aide materials to maintain you in the field for several hours.
  3. Keep writing materials in the jump kit where possible and keep your REACT ID card with you at all times.
  4. Remember that your job with REACTK is as a communicator. If you have other training, skills, and authority, fine. But REACT is about communications.
  5. We are there to serve emergency response agencies, not tell them how to do their jobs. Your attitude may be the most important part of your equipment.
  6. Practice and study. Take advantage of training offered by served agencies.
  7. Take the emergency communications course offered by REACT International -- or by ARRL.
  8. Learn to use radio communications efficiently.
  9. But first, see to the security of your own home.

REACT in Maine

  • Maine REACT Council. President: Jim Koritzky; 42 Sunbury; Bangor, ME 04401 -- 207-942-8067
  • Penobscot REACT

Jump Kits

Basic Jump Kit
If you are part of a team that expects to be mobilized in emergencies, plan to support yourself for up to 12 hours in the field. So be ready with:
  1. Change of clothing
  2. Food and medication for a few hours
  3. First aid kit (basic)
  4. Comfort supplies
  5. Seasonally appropriate weather gear
  6. Radios and batteries
  7. Writing materials
  8. ID (esp REACT membership card)