EMERGENCY RAPID RESPONSE TEAM BY LAWS
26 JUNE 2017
ARTICLE 1
NAME
A. The name of this organization is the Emergency Rapid Response Team, formed May, 1995 for Disaster Areas hit by Natural ie. hurricanes and tornadoes and Unnatural Disasters ie. Foreign and Domestic Terrorism. We also help getting animals out of disaster areas and training Service Animals for Veterans.
B. ERRT as used in the name of this organization stands for Emergency Rapid Response Team .
ARTICLE 2
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
A. The aims and objectives of this organization is to assist Federal, State, and Local Emergency Services in any and all emergencies, and to assist the general public in such emergencies as trained.
B. To train, educate, and inform the public regarding Emergency Preparedness.
C. Getting animals out of disasters as fast as we can
D. Training Service Dogs for Veterans following Assistance Dogs International Public Access Guidelines.
E. Ross Key First Aid Stations and Disaster Psychiatric First Aid K-9 Therapy Counseling Crisis Intervention
F. Amber Alerts
G. Chaplain Services
ARTICLE 3
AREA AND MEETINGS
A. Emergency Rapid Response Team area is defined as: Disaster Areas which are hit by Hurricanes which are Level III and higher, Tornadoes which are F-3 and higher. Foreign and Domestic Terrorism which are high priority targets to protect and inform Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement.
1. Emergency Rapid Response Team area is also defined as: An area which has animals which can be nusance to Federal, State, and Local Rescuers and Law Enforcement.
2. Emergency Rapid Response Team area also is defined as: An area which is used to train Servive Animals for Public Access
B. The location of business and general meeting shall be at the discretion of the Executive Board.
C. The Executive Board may recess to Executive Session whenever needed.
ARTICLE 4
MEMBERSHIP
A. Entry into the Emergency Rapid Response Team requires that each person fill out and sign both an Application and Waiver. Submitting an Application does not guarantee admittance to become a member of ERRT. If the persons Application is accepted, they will be entered into the Emergency Rapid Response Team database and informed of the upcoming training.
B. An Emergency Rapid Response Team “Member” is defined as: A person willing to risk their own life to save another during a disaster.
*A person that has completed ICS 100, 200, 700, 800 and depending if needed 300 and 400 and any type of specialized training ie. EMT, Paramedic, Police, Emergency Management, etc etc etc
*Having met these two obligations, the member will receive a Certificate of Completion, I.D. Tag (designating specialization training).
*Proof of residency in the form of a Drivers License may be required at any time.
*ERRT supplies and equipment are issued on the basis of participation in the Disaster Area and remains the property of ERRT and must be returned in good condition.
*The approval and termination of an Emergency Rapid Response Team member is under the authority of the Director of Emergency Rapid Response Team.
C. An Emergency Rapid Response Team “Reserve” member is defined as: A person not willing to risk their own life to save another yet wants to help out during times of disasters.
*A person that is in the database, but has not completed ICS 100, 200, 700, 800 and depending if needed 300 and 400 and has completed any type of specialized training ie. EMT, Paramedic, Police, Emergency Management, etc etc etc, as required by ERRT.
*Reserve members are not eligible to receive a a Certificate of Completion
* An ERRT I.D. Tag will be issued designating Reserve level of training.
*Proof of residency in the form of a Driver License may be required at any time.
*ERRT supplies and equipment are issued on the basis of participation in the Disaster Area and remains the property of ERRT and must be returned in good condition.
ARTICLE 5
GOVERNMENT OF THE ORGANIZATION
A. GENERAL 1. The government shall be by the Executive Board placing business on the agenda by the use of motion, and a simple 2/3 majority vote, of those members present, will be needed to approve or disapprove motions.
2. Monthly meetings are public, and shall be posted on the ERRT website. The Executive Board Chairperson or, in their absence, another Executive Board member chairing the meeting, shall have sole discretion over the agenda, and content of the proceedings. ERRT members interested in attending to observe proceedings are welcome to do so. ERRT members interested in introducing information to the Executive Board must contact one of the Directors prior to the meeting to be put on the agenda.
B. EXECUTIVE BOARD 1. The Board shall be established to direct activities of the ERRT, to control its finances, and to maintain a trained membership.
2. The Executive Board shall consist of three (3) Directors for the specialized branches of ERRT. Each of those Directors from the specialized branch shall be those which have experience in that type of field work.
3. The Executive Committee is empowered to appropriate and spend money with a maximum of $1000.00 for Emergency Rapid Response Team. Any amount over $1000.00 shall be subject to approval by a majority vote of those members present at a regular Executive Board meeting.
C. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD 1. ERRT Director a. This person is the ERRT Director which is in charge of all operations of ERRT
b. To act as an liaison to the Executive Board of ERRT and it's branches.
c. To hold all rights as a voting member to the Executive Board and the branches.
d. To attend regular meetings with the local coordinators to convey the wishes of the Executive Board and relay information from the team to the Executive Board.
2. Director of Operations a. This person is the Director of Operations which is in charge of disaster coordination.
b. To coordinate all activities directly over ERRT Operations.
c. Conduct all ERRT and Executive Board meetings and agendas for such meetings..
d. Work closely with ERRT and to attend their monthly planning meeting when possible.
3. Director of Animal Rescue a. This person is the Director of Animal Rescue which is in charge of all animal rescue operations of ERRT .
b. To coordinate all activities directly over ERRT Animal Rescue.
c. To act in behalf of any Branch Director in their absence to ensure a consistent continuity of the Agency.
ARTICLE 6
RULES OF CONDUCT
A. As an organization formed to assist and train the general public, and to serve Local Emergency Services, the membership of this organization will so conduct themselves in a professional manner, and will not discredit this or any other organization intentionally. 1. Any member discrediting this organization or any other organization intentionally will become subject to an internal hearing by the Executive Board on the charges made against them. Any criminal charges brought upon the member shall be handled in accordance with the laws of the State, County, or City.
2. Any member found guilty of charges of misconduct shall be expelled from this organization without any recourse, and the organization or any of its members will not be held liable for any of the charges of the one being expelled.
ARTICLE 7
BUSINESS CONDUCT
A. Conduct of the Business of this Organization shall be vested in the Executive Board.
ARTICLE 8
BY-LAW AMENDMENTS
A. When, and if these By-Laws are changed or added to in any way the changes or additions are made by the Executive Board.
ARTICLE 9
ACTIVATION
A. Initiated by the Director of ERRT and/or Director of Operations of ERRT.
In the event of a disaster, as defined by numbers 1 and 2 ERRT must be activated by Director of ERRT and/or Director of Operations
1. The disaster must be a Level III or above Hurricane. Level III as defined by NOAA, is a Hurricane with winds greater than 111 MPH.
2. The disaster must be a F-3 or above Tornado. F-3 Tornado as defined by NOAA, is a Tornado with winds greater than 158 MPH
3. The Director of ERRT, having received “specific needs of deployment” for the specific type of disaster, will be responsible for contacting the Executive Board.
4. From the Director of ERRT instruction, Director of Opertions will determine if a specific group should be activated (ex: Search & Rescue only). And/or if an automated call should go out.
5. The Director of Operations will contact the other members of the Executive Board.
B. In event of Foreign or Domestic Terrorism, ERRT is activated without authorization by Director of ERRR, Director of Operations, and/or Executive Board.
1. Any Foreign and/or Domestic Terrorism each and every member including Executives. The members and Executive Board members are to protect tragets of interest and inform Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement of any and all suspicious activities. ERRT will also deploy our Explosive Detection Dogs within the area. Since State of Florida does not certify outside agencies and no one can detect, they are trained in accordance to current US NAVY, Military Working Dog Guidelines and Testing Procedures.
C. In event of rescuing animals in disaster areas, ERRT is activated without authorization by Director of ERRT, Director of Operations, and/or Executive Board.
D. In event of training Service Animals, initiated by the Director of ERRT and/or Director of Operations of ERRT.
1. Director and Director of Operations trains Service Animals. No one else is allowed to stay on budget.
E. In Event of Disaster, Ross Key First Aid Stations and sucicide prevention counseling will be established with authorization by Boorda's Directive.
1. Ross Key First Aid Stations are manned by those with American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider and First Aid Certification. Those which are doing counseling in Ross Key First Aid Station. They will have American Red Cross Psychiatric First Aid Certification or a Bachelor Degree or Higher in Psychology or a Chaplain.
2. We attend outdoor events and are trained in Active Shooter Scenarios, they are free of charge and provide First Contact Counseling and if needed to send the Disaster Client to another 501c(3) local counseling center for more advanced services. We will never Baker Act, if we need to we will call on local law enforcement trained in Crisis Response to Baker Act and/or call local firefighters/paramedics also trained in Crisis Response to Baker Act.
F. In Event of Amber Alerts.
1. ERRT will deploy as many vehicles as possible in area where Amber Alerts are called in. Response Time can be between 10 minutes up to 6 hours depending on where response is.
a. For members driving to a 6 hour destination; keep an eye out for the car year, make, and model with license plate identification.
b. For members driving to a 6 hour destination, always check every 30 minutes to see if Amber Alert is cancelled.
c. For members driving to a 6 hour destination, do not go above 80 MPH. Stay 10-15MPH above posted speed limit.
d. Always stop at a Rest Area on Highways and Toll Roads for 30 minutes for every 2 hours of driving. Reason many Amber Alerts stop at Public Rest Areas. So keep an eye out on Vehicles Identified during the Event of an Amber Alert.
G. Chaplain Services, the main reason why we do not give out our Disaster Clients names.  We never will record the name of a Disaster Client, and we will protect the privacy of our Disaster Clients, exception if they are a Violent Offender with an Active Warrant for Arrest.

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