REACT 6257 Junior Member Program



The Johnston County NC REACT Team 6257 Junior Members Program is directed at making our schools and communities safer by having educated / trained youth capable of preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies.
The Junior Program is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family and your school in the event of a disaster.


As a member of REACT 6257 Junior Team, you can respond to disasters, participate in drills and exercises, and take additional training.


The purpose of the Junior program is to train students in emergency preparedness and response to ensure students have the skills needed to protect themselves, and assist others, in the event of an emergency. In addition, students are likely to bring  lessons learned in the classroom home, thereby spreading the preparedness message to the entire family.



Purpose.

The Team and the junior members should both benefit from this program. The Team can gain in
strength and capability in every way. The junior members can grow and mature as they take on
the responsibilities of REACT membership. Junior members will receive training and
experience in communication skills as well as learning community service values through

participation in the Team and the community it serves. Their feelings of accomplishment and
fulfillment will be a benefit that any experienced REACT member will recognize and want to
share.
The community will also benefit by the Team's increased ability to provide public service, and
the worthwhile outlet the program offers for all that youthful energy and enthusiasm.

Membership Requirements.

The prospective junior members should be expected to meet the Team's regular membership
requirements, allowing for natural exceptions dictated by his or her age. We suggest a
minimum age of twelve, although Teams my choose to adopt a higher or lower age requirement.
Junior members at the younger ages should be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or adult
mentor during Team activities -- older Junior members may be able to perform some Team
functions without direct supervision. Each Team can and should make these decisions based
on their own situation and the maturity of each junior member.
Teams will, of course, want the junior members to be the same kind of person as any adult
member should be: Someone with the desire, skills, and self-discipline that will make him or her
an asset to the Team and the community. These characteristics include a willingness to
observe Team rules and procedures as well as a belief in the basic principles and goals of
REACT.
Teams will generally use the same application forms and procedures for junior members as for
their regular adult members, with the addition of a Permission Statement and Release signed by
the junior member's parent or legal guardian. The Permission Statement and Release form
serves to ensure the parent or guardian is aware of what their child is doing and to offer the
Team some protection against claims that the child was involved in activities without the
knowledge and consent of the parent or guardian. The sample form provided at the end of this
document is simply a guide and may require modification to suit the laws of the jurisdiction
where the Team operates as well as the activities the Team conducts.