HUBs & SPOKEs Exercise was a Great Experience!

SEATTLE AUXILIARY COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE RADIO OPERATORS AND NEIGHBORHOOD HUBS TO PARTICIPATED IN “HUBS AND SPOKES” EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DRILL ON SAT JULY 29th.

After Action Review completed – On Saturday August 5, 2017 Seattle ACS hosted an after action discussion at South Seattle College to review the Hubs and Spokes Exercise.  The session was facilitated by Stan K7TEG with a summary prepared by Tim WT1IM.  This information along with reports submitted by the participating Hubs and Sector teams were used by Stan to prepare the final ACS Hubs and Spokes After Action Report now available for review.  The Hubs will complete their after action review on Thursday August 24th at 7:00 PM at the HubCaps meeting to be held at Discovery Park.

Amateur (“Ham”) Radio Operators and Neighborhood Hub Volunteers To Deploy Across City To Test Emergency and Priority Message Handling For Simulated Day 6 of Earthquake Aftermath

Seattle, July 29, 2017 — The Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS), a volunteer organization operating under the auspices of the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, and the Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs, a grass-roots, neighborhood network of community members, will jointly conduct a citywide communications exercise called “Hubs and Spokes” on Saturday, July 29, between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The drill, which is part of the “Cascadia Rising” exercise series, simulates Day 6 in the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake, with challenges including damaged or destroyed infrastructure, widespread medical casualties, and reduced volunteer capabilities due to fatigue and resource constraints. Because the Hubs are the major resource for neighborhood situational awareness and resource coordination, smooth communications between the Hubs, ACS, and the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) are a must.

Read more about this event – see our Media Release

 

Field Day 2017 was a Great Success!

Once again the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) a program of the Office of Emergency Management conducted an emergency communications preparedness exercise as part of a national amateur radio “Field Day” event. The purpose was to demonstrate the capability of amateur radio operators to set up and operate field radio stations under emergency conditions for an extended period of time and contact as many other teams across the US and Canada using amateur radio.

Events like this help our volunteer emergency communications teams train and prepare for responding in times of disaster and emergency when electricity and conventional means of communications are disrupted. The ACS team invited other local amateur radio groups to join them for this event and  powered operations around the clock using solar generated energy.

The Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services (Seattle ACS) is a volunteer group of Amateur radio operators that provides radio communications support to the City of Seattle, Office of Emergency Management, as well as other government agencies. Seattle ACS will conduct this Emergency Communications Field Exercise at South Seattle Community College in the field at the south/east corner of the campus behind Olympic Hall. This event will take place over the weekend beginning with set up on Friday morning June 23 at 9:00 AM. The event activities began at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 25 and ended at approximately 11:00 AM on Sunday June 25, 2017.

ACES Basic Emergency Communications Radio Operator Course Feb 18-19

Seattle ACS in conjunction with Oregon ACES, will be presenting the two day Basic ACES course on February 18 and 19 at South Seattle  College, Olympic Hall, Room 100.

This is an excellent basic emergency communicator course for amateur radio operators, and Seattle ACS has decided to make this a mandatory class for new ACS members. We are qualifying a number of people as instructors in this course, and will be offering it once or twice a year going forward to ensure all ACS members have an opportunity to take the class.

For further information, and to register for the class, please visit www.oregonaces.org