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.

Meeting Notes – April and May 2019

If you didn’t make it to either or both of the last two meetings, here are some of the highlights for what you missed.

At the April 20th meeting, we discussed some tools that can be used to help find a line of sight for things that may require it, like Hamwan. Randy – W3RWN sent those out to ACS members just before the meeting but took some time to demonstrate how they worked.

Great turnout for Comm Academy – such high participate that some people actually had to be turned away. Considerations are being made for a new location in future years and the potential for bringing in more sponsorships and investigating grant opportunities.

Field Day is coming up on June 22nd. It will be a partnership between WSARC, PSRG, and ACS, with the potential of the hub and/or Red Cross joining. It will be hosted at South Seattle College again, but an investigation of alternate locations for the future is being done. This year, there is going be more effort put into community inclusion and outreach as well as educational opportunities.

The majority of setup with take place the day before on Friday the 21st. As always, volunteers are appreciated. Beyond that, we need volunteers to take some leadership positions. Thanks to Petyr – W7ELN for volunteering to lead the dipole construction crew. We also have openings to lead the ACS tent construction and someone to take lead in coordinating the documenting of “Extra Point” activities of field day, like messaging, safety, trainings and education, etc. Reach out to Doug – KD7DK for more info and to volunteer.

Winlink trainings are being held at North Seattle College. The next one will be on Tuesday, May 14th. If you are looking to get started or just need some troubleshooting help, reach out to Christian – K7XTN

Mark posted dates in the previous article for upcoming events. To add to that is RAMROD which is the last Thursday of July – the 25th this year. If you are interested in helping with RAMROD, reach out to George – AE7G. If you are interested in Fat Salmon or the Solstice Parade, reach out to Franz – N3HFS

There was an update on the June 1st exercise. 14 hubs will be participating. Expect to receive a message from Alert Seattle Friday afternoon about a net that evening. Saturday morning, sectors and the EOC will stand up. All North sectors will be combined into one as will the South, but the South sector may operate out of the EOC.

Lastly, Doug and Randy gave a high level overview of DMR, including how it works techinically, what ways it can be used, and future plans for its expansion.