Heartland REACT was formed in 1967 and incorporated in 1972 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
REACT primarily works as an extension of local Emergency Management and National Weather Service. Its primary purpose is dedicated to public safety in all types of situations. We also help with Heart Walk, Omaha Corporate Cup Run, Offutt Air Show, Corporate Cycling Challenge, various parades and many other events in a 40 mile radius. Although many of these events are non-emergency, we are able to help those who have emergency needs by providing radio contact with the event coordinators.
Heartland REACT is the home of the SKYWARN Weather Spotters who are "on-duty" 24 hours a day during severe weather season. Whenever severe weather is eminent for the area, the Spotter Network is activated by the National Weather Service through the Team's Weather Officer. Within minutes of the initial call, the team is out and rolling to Watch-points throughout Douglas, Sarpy, and Saunders Counties. A REACT Spotter was the first to report the May, 1975 Tornado which enabled Civil Defense to sound the sirens soon enough to give citizens those extra few precious seconds to get to safety. Spotters put their lives on the line each and every time they go out.
Heartland REACT also has a Search and Rescue Unit ready to assist law enforcement agencies, a wintertime 4x4 patrol, and a bicycle safety unit all within its organization.
Presently, there are more than 45 active volunteer members of Heartland REACT who volunteer year around. If you are interested in becoming a member, click on the "Contact REACT" link below.
Interested in a challenge or Public Service?
Contact Heartland REACT for more information. You can do this by sending an email with your information containing your name and a means of contacting you. This can be done by going to the Contact REACT section of this website.
To contact us:
PO Box 540735 Boystown
Omaha, NE 68154