On Saturday March 31st Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services (ACS) conducted a city-wide drill. Forty two ACS amateur radio volunteers participated and were organized into 5 sector teams throughout the city as well as a team staffing the EOC. The exercise instructions and plan were kept secret from the participants until the start of the activities.
The exercise scenario was that a significant wind storm had knocked out all power to the region and caused widespread damage from downed trees.
The drill ran from 0830 to 1200 hours. During that time the teams we able to:
- assemble rosters of members participating on each team
- visit 52 emergency hub sites and conduct radio frequency path testing
- submit 172 simulated damage reports derived from scavenger hunt like activities
- as well as contact the State EOC and coordinate with other teams across the region
Overall, ACS volunteers drove approximately 300 miles in their own vehicles throughout the City to support this mission to collect and provide critical information that would be essential in a disaster situation.
These tasks were accomplished through the use of amateur radio voice communication as well as digital email-over-radio messaging. Special thanks and appreciation to Dean Lambert an ACS volunteer for planning and managing the exercise.