HUBs & SPOKEs Exercise was a Great Experience!

SEATTLE AUXILIARY COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE RADIO OPERATORS AND NEIGHBORHOOD HUBS TO PARTICIPATED IN “HUBS AND SPOKES” EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DRILL ON SAT JULY 29th.

After Action Review completed – On Saturday August 5, 2017 Seattle ACS hosted an after action discussion at South Seattle College to review the Hubs and Spokes Exercise.  The session was facilitated by Stan K7TEG with a summary prepared by Tim WT1IM.  This information along with reports submitted by the participating Hubs and Sector teams were used by Stan to prepare the final ACS Hubs and Spokes After Action Report now available for review.  The Hubs will complete their after action review on Thursday August 24th at 7:00 PM at the HubCaps meeting to be held at Discovery Park.

Amateur (“Ham”) Radio Operators and Neighborhood Hub Volunteers To Deploy Across City To Test Emergency and Priority Message Handling For Simulated Day 6 of Earthquake Aftermath

Seattle, July 29, 2017 — The Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS), a volunteer organization operating under the auspices of the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, and the Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs, a grass-roots, neighborhood network of community members, will jointly conduct a citywide communications exercise called “Hubs and Spokes” on Saturday, July 29, between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The drill, which is part of the “Cascadia Rising” exercise series, simulates Day 6 in the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake, with challenges including damaged or destroyed infrastructure, widespread medical casualties, and reduced volunteer capabilities due to fatigue and resource constraints. Because the Hubs are the major resource for neighborhood situational awareness and resource coordination, smooth communications between the Hubs, ACS, and the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) are a must.

Read more about this event – see our Media Release

 

Operation Spring Break – April 29th ACS Sector Exercise – After Action Review Completed

Seattle ACS conducted an Emergency Field Communications  Exercise on Saturday, April 29 0900 – 1200.  This event was part of the regularly scheduled Statewide 5th Saturday Drill.  ACS demonstrated and tested various communications capabilities and paths within the city, between sector radio posts and with other Emcomm teams and jurisdictions.  Primary objectives included operating in the field using temporary shelter and emergency power sources, testing the ability to communicate between neighborhood radio posts and the Seattle EOC without using radio repeaters that could be damaged in a disaster as well as using high frequency (HF) or short wave systems to connect locally as well as with EOCs and ACS teams outside the area.  Additionally, the exercise plan called for using the North Seattle College radio room as a back-up EOC, a good test should the City EOC be damaged or inaccessible.

A total of 46 ACS team members participated in the drill setting up six sector radio posts across the city and staffing North Seattle College. Messaging took place on and off amateur radio infrastructure and included both voice and e-mail based messaging with attachments.

For photos and more information about the exercise see Exercise Summary

After Action Report – Completed

The ACS Team conducted its after action discussion at our meeting on Saturday May 13 0900 – 1200 at South Seattle College. Please see Final After Action Report.