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.


Cascadia Rising 2016

 By noCascadia Logow, I’m sure everyone has heard about the major disaster exercise Cascadia Rising 2016, which is a combined Federal, State, Tribal, County and Local government exercise based on a simulated magnitude 9 earthquake along the entire Cascadia Subduction Zone fault line off the Pacific Coast of the Western U.S. In addition, in conjunction with Cascadia, there are a number of other exercises involving U.S. Military operations in conjunction with State and Local operations, and an international aspect with Canada’s participation with their Staunch Maple exercise.Cascadia Map

This is a 4 day exercise covering June 7, 8, 9 and 10.  The City of Seattle will officially participate on the 2nd and 3rd days, June 8th and 9th, and some City Departments will also conduct activities on June 7th and 10th.

Seattle ACS will be conducting a Communications Exercise (Commex) on June 7th to provide communications support to selected City Departments, will be participating fully in the Seattle Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on June 8th and 9th, and will be conducting a Commex on June 11th in support of a number of Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs.

On June 7th, 8th & 9th, we anticipate operating from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. On June 11th we plan to run from 9:00 am to Noon. Participants need to be in place, set up and ready to begin operations each day, by the indicated start time.

Additional details, along with operating frequencies on an ICS-205 for each date, will be sent to participants in late May.

Preparations for this exercise have been ongoing for many months, and ACS has been fortunate to be a full participant in the Exercise Design Phase for Seattle. We have focused some of our training over the past few months specifically to support Cascadia and the corresponding ACS Commex’s. April 30th, we conducted an exercise sending email correspondence between multiple locations around Seattle to and from a command post located at North Seattle College, specifically in preparation for our upcoming support to the City Department’s on June 7th.

While we have our staffing firmed up for June 8th and 9th, there are still plenty of opportunities for ACS members to participate on June 7th and 11th.  If you are interested in participating in the Commex supporting inter-departmental communications on June 7th, please contact Carl Leon, and if you are interested in participating in the Commex on June 11th in support of Hubs, please contact Jessica Coleman.