ACS & HUBS Field Exercise – On Saturday June 1st, 39 volunteers from OEM’s Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) worked collaboratively with community volunteers from 14 Emergency Preparedness HUBs to test capabilities for responding to a major earthquake. A primary focus was establishing back-up communications networks within the communities and with the City for exchanging damage assessment and resource request information.
The drill simulated conditions the day after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake along the Seattle Fault has caused extensive infrastructure damage. The damage from such a quake would likely include a failure of grid power and cellular service, making communications and emergency services a challenge. Because the Hubs are key gathering points for neighborhoods, communications between the Hubs, ACS, and the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) are critical. Much of the exercise involved moving simulated messages around the city using field deployed, off-grid communications. See photos of the exercise activities at the HUBs, Sectors and EOC.
ACS will conduct an on-line after-action review on Saturday June 8 at 10 AM check your email for details
Field Day 2019 – Sign Up is Open Please join PSRG, WSARC and Seattle ACS at our ARRL Field Day event located at South Seattle College. Set up begins at 9 AM on Friday June 21, we need a large crew to set up the site and get ready for operations to begin Saturday morning. Please visit the PSRG website and complete the survey to get signed up. See you there. This year many educational and community involvement events are planned as well as a picnic and radio demonstrations.
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.