May News and Activities

May ACS Team Meeting – Saturday May 16

We will be holding our monthly ACS meeting via Zoom starting at 9 am, check in beginning at 8:45 and ending no later than noon. The link to the meeting will be sent out by email.

Following our normal round of introductions and committee reports, we will have a presentation by Doug Kingston on recent changes to the Seattle DMR system, including moving to our own C-Bridge, and a variety of talk group changes.  We will have information from our exercise planning team on the exercise planned for May 23rd, and we will have information on an updated temporary emergency worker policy and guidelines on when, why, and how to register temporary emergency workers.

Please join us as we continue to provide necessary information sharing while maintaining required and acceptable social distancing.

ACS Communications Exercise – Saturday May 23

The Seattle ACS team will be conducting an exercise to further practice our communications role during a major earthquake that causes significant damage to our infrastruce and transportation network. The exercise plan will be sector based and work to support the City’s plan to address the isolation phase immediately folowing a catostophic event. The drill will be conducted in compliance with our current social distancing requirments, all operations will take place in particpants homes or vehicles parked at their homes. The exercise plan and instructions will be distributed as we approach the date of the exercise.

March News and Information

Information about COVID-19 – links:

Seattle Resoruces – Mayor’s Office http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19

Washington State Department of Health’s Coronavirus 2019 outbreak information webpage

Public Health – Seattle & King County COVID-19 Information Daily updates: www.kingcounty.gov/covid Blog – updated daily: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March.aspx

ACS will conduct an on-line meeting on Saturday March 14th at 10 AM – see your email for details.

Meeting and Training Cancellations:

Due to the presence of the novel coronavirus in our area, Seattle ACS is cancelling the March 14th Team meeting at North Seattle College as well as the Audio-Visual training on Sunday March 15th at the Seattle EOC.  We believe that these cautions are necessary and consistent with advised practices for reducing opportunities for the spread of this contagious disease.  We will keep you posted as we learn of changes to other scheduled events.

ACS Activities & Events

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.