News & Activities

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.

ACS & HUBs Emergency Communications Field Exercise 4-28-18

Disaster Exercise – Media Advisory

On April 28, 2018, from 0830 to 1200, the Seattle Neighborhood Hubs and Seattle ACS will hold a field exercise. ACS will support the hubs by deploying sector teams and hub operators simulating a general communications failure.  Please follow this link to view the Media Advisory Information

Participating amateur radio operators will need radios programmed with the ACS frequencies and the ability to receive Fldigi digital messages. Winlink email will be the default mode for sending messages from hubs and sectors. Voice will be used for coordination and as a last alternative for messaging. The emphasis of this exercise will be efficient and accurate message handling as well as practice deploying and operating as cohesive teams.

To simulate an unplanned emergency a full briefing will be broadcast the night before at 1900 on UHF Channel 4, the Columbia repeater. The net will also be announced via Alert Seattle. ACS will activate at 0830 on Saturday morning. The exercise will conclude at 1200. Please plan to participate, we hope this will be a helpful learning opportunity and a lot of fun.

After Action Review – .We have set a date for a joint Hub and ACS After Action Review, it will be Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 pm at the Discovery Park Environmental Center. 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199 .  If you can’t attend, please get feedback you want to share to me or someone in your sector who can present it for you.