News and Activities

ACS Meeting & Training

We will hold our monthly ACS meeting and training Saturday, September 21st, at South Seattle College, Olympic Hall, Room 101.

  • 8:00 am – voluntary – Rapid Tag system training for anyone interested.
  • 8:30 am – normal “doors open” and coffee.
  • 9:00 am – Meeting starts
  • 12:00 pm – Meeting ends.

The meeting will cover all the activities we have done over the summer months, including public service events, technical work and site improvements, some important announcements about upcoming events, and more. Please attend as we gear up for our fall/winter/spring meeting and training series.

Rapid Tag is the system we now use to log people in and out of missions and exercises. We started using it to sign people in and out of our meetings also.  This is an easy to use system that provides excellent tracking and documentation benefits for emergency workers. It is the system we use to scan the QR code on the front of your new badges.

New Member Orientation

ACS will conduct a new member orientation on Saturday September 21st from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Seattle Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which is located at 105 5th Ave S., Seattle. This is the corner of 5th Ave S., and S. Washington Street.  The EOC is adjacent to Fire Station 10, which occupies the entire block on Washington between 4th Ave and 5th Ave.  The EOC entrance in on 5th Ave, just north of Washington Street.

EOC Training Series

There are two classes that all EOC responders are required to take.  ACS members who respond to the EOC are expected to take these classes.  All other ACS members (those who will not normally respond to the EOC) are welcome and encouraged to take these classes.  The two classes are EOC Fundamentals and EOC in Practice.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is offering these classes during normal business hours as indicated in the attached flyer, and will also offer the classes on Sunday October 6th from 9 am to Noon (EOC Fundamentals) and from 1 pm to 3:30 pm (EOC in Practice).  ACS members may attend either the weekday classes or the October 6th classes. All classes will be held at the Seattle EOC, 105 5th Ave S., Seattle.

For more information see the September 12th email from Carl Leon or contact him directly on how to register.

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.