A common question we are challenged with is “Is it O.M.E.G.A. or O.M.E.G.A. Responders?”
What are we, really? Our function is Organizational Management for Emergency General Activity. O.M.E.G.A. But we did find ourselves in a situation where we were not the first ones to claim this name. OMEGA, it turns out, is pretty popular, so when we tried to get a web domain, we discovered that omega.com, omega.biz and omega.info had already been claimed by Omega Engineering and omega.net was a poorly maintained blog belonging to an adventurer and omega.org was a holistic institute. And omega.us is an alias for omegawatches.com. We didn’t really want to get omega.xxx, although it turned out this is particular domain was still available.
Our group was active as far back as 2004 and 2005, but it wasn’t until 2006, when the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office OEM gave us an opportunity to help with training functions that we came together as a team. At the time we were referred to as “Team 1”, being the first team formed by the county, but as time went on, restructuring and reorganization forced team alignments with district boundaries and Team 1 faded away.
In 2007, when we decided to incorporate as a non-profit, we started looking for a name. We wanted something that would make for a catchy acronym like RESPOND or ON CALL or READY. Okay, we came up with REACT — Regional Emergency Action Community Team. We almost went that route, but other things undermined this goal.
At the time a lot of us belonged to a group that hiked Fourteeners in the summer of 2005. The logo on the shirt was the letter Ω with a mountain peak inside it. Because we all had this shirt and wore it to exercises, we used to stand out in a crowd and that lead to a lot of our served agencies to refer to us as “Team Omega” or the “Omega Group”. We created our own trap. An acronym was built around the name and that was how we registered the non-profit.
Which brings us back to what to use for a website domain. With all reasonable “omega” options taken, we needed something that had not been claimed. We went with OMEGAresponders because we responded to our served agency calls and thus a new era of confusion was born. Who are we? We are O.M.E.G.A., but a lot of people forget to call us that.