During a recent meeting at City Hall Barb Graff, Director of Emergency Management had the opportunity to brief Mayor Jenny Durkan on how Seattle enlists the support of volunteers to help during emergency incidents and disasters. Barb presented the Mayor with an ACS cap as a visible reminder of the invaluable service provided by more than 150 volunteer ham radio operators.
A brief recap of our Seattle ACS Team accomplishments:
During 2017 the ACS team signed up 33 new members and contributed approximately 7500 hours of volunteer service in support of city departments and community organizations. This included: 8 EOC activations, 2 city wide field training exercises, 52 radio nets, and 7 radio system projects. Additionally, ACS members supported multiple public services events which included: The Seattle Marathon, Fat Salmon Open-water Swim, Pride Parade, Torchlight Parade, Fremont Parade, RAMROD, and the Children’s Hospital Charity Run. During EOC activations ACS supports EOC operations by operating the audio-video display system, staffing positions in the Planning Section, and providing general administrative support to the EOC in addition to handling all of the radio communications.
Seattle ACS, along with members of the Puget Sound Repeater Group (PSRG) jointly conducted Field Day. The event provides an opportunity to showcase the science and skill of the Amateur Radio operations. During the 2017 exercise, our team operated continuously off the utility grid for over 50 hours (mostly by solar). Field Day 2018 is scheduled for the weekend of June 23-24, the public is welcome to stop by South Seattle College and visit the ACS operation.
We thank our team members for volunteering their time, skills and enthusiasm to support the City and our neighborhoods to plan and prepare for future emergencies and disasters. It is through your efforts we will be better prepared to respond and recover. Thank you all – we look forward to working together to meet the challenges of 2018.
Please plan to join us for a special Holiday meeting of the Medical Services and ACS Teams.
WHEN: Saturday – December 9th 11:00 am until 1:30 PM
WHERE: Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd Seattle 98199
WHAT: Annual Meeting and Holiday celebration – Recognition of our teams’ accomplishments this past year.
Opening Comments: Barb Graff, Director and Carrie Brazil, Volunteer Coordinator Seattle Office of Emergency Management
Guest Speaker: Melanie Cole from Seattle Emergency Management, deployed with Team Rubicon during the recovery from the floods in Texas – she would like to speak to our group about her experience – the Rubicon team is about returning veterans with a mission to respond and help rebuild. It sounds like an interesting and worthwhile discussion.
We hope you can join us for this fun and educational event – we will be providing lunch.
Happy Holidays from the leadership of MST and ACS