Such on-going visits are for a four-fold purpose:
- To leave an activity summary. This could be a quick verbal or a concise write-up, depending on the person who is to receive it.
- To provide RACES bulletins on topics of interest or as applicable.
- To just ask, "How can I help out?"
- To gather information that will be of interest to the radio response unit members; in other words, for broadcast on the net, in a newsletter, etc.
The busier the administrator, the greater the potential need for a Radio Officer capable of providing (by his/her own ability or those of others) clerical, administrative, management, computer graphics, data base or word processing talent, editorial ability; all skills other than just those of the emergency radio operator. Observing these needs comes from frequent visits with a "how can I help" attitude in mind at all times. Few busy people will turn away skilled and competent help, quietly offered and efficiently implemented with management skills.
Certainly, doing this can take time and effort, but the rewards to the Radio Officer, as well as the agency, are immeasurable. It is a real win-win situation when carefully studied and implemented.