On Saturday March 30, thirty-five Seattle ACS team members participated in the Washington State Emergency Management Division’s (EMD) Statewide Communications Exercise to test communications with state and tribal emergency operations centers (EOCs) using two-way radio and email over radio to simulate a statewide emergency where commercial communications are interrupted.
Additionally, Seattle activated teams of radio operators at the EOC and in six geographic sectors of the City to practice its capability to send and receive messages using a variety of wireless technologies including the high band-width HamWAN IP network which enables voice over IP telephone, video image transfer and email messaging. In a disaster these systems will be available to support City operations, back-up for 911 services and provide messaging to the community. ACS used RapidTag to sign-in and track all participants during the exercise.
ACS also staffed a table at a Girl Scouts event at Magnuson Park and incorporated that site into the exercise with the opportunity to demonstrate emergency communications.
Thank you to Dave Wilma for organizing the exercise and to George Thornton for coordinating the sector support as well as a special thanks to the COMT team for all their prep work in helping team members setup and test HamWAN prior to the event. It was a great exercise – thank you all for being there, an after action report is being written and you can view photos of the event by following this link.
It was another chilly, but beautiful day to be outside. We accomplished our primary goal of raising the new VHF antenna. There is still a bit of work to be done to cap it off, but it was the last big project to complete here. Big thanks to Randy and Doug for spending time devising a simple and safe way to hoist and mount the antenna and also thanks to Mark, Carl, Bod, Casey, Alan, Todd, and Barry for all the help.
The March ACS Meeting and Training will be held Saturday March 16 at North Seattle College in the Education Building room ED2843A, coffee at 8:30 AM – business meeting starts at 9:00 AM and our training and presentations begin at about 10 AM. There will be updates on the recent work at Capitol Park and other projects and activities. There will be a presentation on the tunnel radio test and report as well as a training session on ACS operations, sector structure and working relationship with the HUBs. Location and directions: North Seattle College and see campus map
Congratulations to Carl Leon, N7KUW on being selected to receive the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for the Disaster Preparedness / Response. Carl was nominated by the Seattle office of Emergency in recognition of his many years of service and leadership as a dedicated community volunteer. There will be an awards ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Olympia on April 12, 2019. Additionally, there will be a special on field recognition before the Mariner’s game that evening at T-Mobile Park for Carl and the other award recipients.
Office of Emergency Management – Annual Report – OEM has just published the 2018 Annual Report which provides a comprehensive overview of programs and accomplishments – including a very nice section about ACS.