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About Auxiliary Communications Team (ACT)

Douglas County Auxiliary Communications Team (ACT) volunteers are licensed amateur radio operators who provide alternative communications capabilities to Douglas County, Kansas. The ACT volunteer works under the direction of emergency management staff to provide adjunct communications capabilities to the Emergency Management Operations Center and/or any disaster response organization. ACT volunteers may be assigned other responsibilities during disaster situations.

The ACT volunteer works under the direction of emergency management staff to provide adjunct communications capabilities to the Emergency Management Operations Center and/or any disaster response organization. ACT volunteers may be assigned other responsibilities during disaster situations.

In addition to meeting all the requirements on the Volunteer Opportunities Homepage, additional requirements have been established for all ACT volunteers.

To remain an authorized volunteer, each ACT volunteer must complete the following annually:

  • Participation in 50% of service group activations
  • Participation in 50% of service group nets
  • Attendance at 50% of service group trainings/meetings
  • Mandatory Trainings:
    • Volunteer Policies and Procedures Training
    • Radio Etiquette Training
  • Annually, all authorized volunteers must complete a background check.

Every two years, all authorized volunteers must complete the Douglas County Harassment Free Workplace Training as provided by the Assistant County Administrator. This training will be scheduled by Douglas County Emergency Management.

Volunteers are also encouraged to participate in special events and/or additional trainings sponsored or offered by DCEM.

All ACT meetings, unless otherwise stated, will be held at:

  • Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 2nd floor
  • Douglas County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044

To volunteer for ACT, please complete the Emergency Management Volunteer Application (PDF format) and submit it by email (through a submit button on the form) or in-person to:

  • Douglas County Emergency Management
  • 111 East Eleventh Street
  • Lawrence, KS 66044