Is it cataloged by topic, such as management, operations, policy or in a similar manner?
Did you index and file the OES bulletins, or have you seen few, if any of them? 360 were issued. They contain material vital to both the local Emergency Response Manager and to the Radio Officer.
What about "What is RACES"? or "Uses of RACES"? Or, "Who activates RACES"? Or "Who runs RACES"? or "Volunteers must be registered."? Can you quickly turn to this information?
When did you last review the myriad possibilities of "What to expect in a major disaster"?
What about "Mutual Aid's Essential Records"? The "MACS"?
Need an overview of "Emergency Communications Organization"?
Help on "Recruiting Volunteers" and problems related thereto?
Studied a "Critique" of a major response lately?
How about "Emergency and Disaster Operating Techniques"?
Use ideas for DSW registration forms, message formats?
In one quick step you can update and catalog all materials by adding to your files the RACES BULLETINS-BY-TOPIC print version recently issued by State OES. The material is indexed and categorized by topic and printed in 3-ring binder format form. Just add the binder and 232 valuable bulletins are instantly available, plus numerous forms and references.
The additional materials include the following that were NOT in the bulletins:
- an eleven page RACES Policy Guide.
- a thirteen page Net Control Station Responsibilities Guide.
- a four page "The Volunteer, a Valuable Human Resource".
- Standards for the RACES.
- a four page Strike Team guide.
- a County Training Plan for RACES Personnel.
- Using Tactical Calls.
- Organization Flow Charts.
- Maps and other articles of various nature.
- Organization Chart with relationship to local governments.
The print version of RACES BULLETINS-BY-TOPIC is available at cost ($10 payable to State of California; includes mailing in US) from RACES, Telecommunications Division, Office of Emergency Services, 2800 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 95832. It's a valuable reference works for the manager and the radio officer.
---Cary Mangum, W6WWW, Chief State RACES Radio Officer