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.
We had our first meeting of the exercise planning team for 2017 on February 12th at Oak restaurant on Beacon Hill. Thanks to those who attended. We had some productive discussions and good ideas came out of it.
We have a lot of work to do before the April 29th drill. Check out the full notes here:
Next meeting will be March 12th at 13:00. RSVP to Jessica, jsroder @ gmail.com for directions or if you want to volunteer for any of the activities in the attached notes. I’ll also be putting together an exercise survey to get feedback on what you want to see during our drills. Look for that link in the next week or so.
— Jessica, W7EMF
Thank You to all who joined us for a special Holiday meeting of the Medical Services and ACS Teams.
Our meeting was held on Saturday December 10th 11:00 am until 1:30 pm at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center. During our Annual Meeting and Holiday celebration, we highlighted some of our teams’ accomplishments this past year.
Barb Graf, Director of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management gave a very nice synopsis of her appreciation and praise, she also reminded us of our value in supporting Emergency and Special Event Operations for the City.
Our Guest Speaker was Robert Montaque, Shift Supervisor for the City’s 911/Police Dispatch Center. Rob explained what happens when we make a call to 9-1-1 in the city of Seattle, how calls are processed and how calls are dispatched and resources are allocated. He also discussed some new developments in the system, and answered some technical questions.
A hearty and bountiful lunch was provided for all who attended…
Happy Holidays from the leadership of MST and ACS