A brief recap of our Seattle ACS Team accomplishments:
During 2017 the ACS team signed up 33 new members and contributed approximately 7500 hours of volunteer service in support of city departments and community organizations. This included: 8 EOC activations, 2 city wide field training exercises, 52 radio nets, and 7 radio system projects. Additionally, ACS members supported multiple public services events which included: The Seattle Marathon, Fat Salmon Open-water Swim, Pride Parade, Torchlight Parade, Fremont Parade, RAMROD, and the Children’s Hospital Charity Run. During EOC activations ACS supports EOC operations by operating the audio-video display system, staffing positions in the Planning Section, and providing general administrative support to the EOC in addition to handling all of the radio communications.
Seattle ACS, along with members of the Puget Sound Repeater Group (PSRG) jointly conducted Field Day. The event provides an opportunity to showcase the science and skill of the Amateur Radio operations. During the 2017 exercise, our team operated continuously off the utility grid for over 50 hours (mostly by solar). Field Day 2018 is scheduled for the weekend of June 23-24, the public is welcome to stop by South Seattle College and visit the ACS operation.
We thank our team members for volunteering their time, skills and enthusiasm to support the City and our neighborhoods to plan and prepare for future emergencies and disasters. It is through your efforts we will be better prepared to respond and recover. Thank you all – we look forward to working together to meet the challenges of 2018.