May News and Activities

May ACS Team Meeting – Saturday May 16

We will be holding our monthly ACS meeting via Zoom starting at 9 am, check in beginning at 8:45 and ending no later than noon. The link to the meeting will be sent out by email.

Following our normal round of introductions and committee reports, we will have a presentation by Doug Kingston on recent changes to the Seattle DMR system, including moving to our own C-Bridge, and a variety of talk group changes.  We will have information from our exercise planning team on the exercise planned for May 23rd, and we will have information on an updated temporary emergency worker policy and guidelines on when, why, and how to register temporary emergency workers.

Please join us as we continue to provide necessary information sharing while maintaining required and acceptable social distancing.

ACS Communications Exercise – Saturday May 23

The Seattle ACS team will be conducting an exercise to further practice our communications role during a major earthquake that causes significant damage to our infrastruce and transportation network. The exercise plan will be sector based and work to support the City’s plan to address the isolation phase immediately folowing a catostophic event. The drill will be conducted in compliance with our current social distancing requirments, all operations will take place in particpants homes or vehicles parked at their homes. The exercise plan and instructions will be distributed as we approach the date of the exercise.

February News & Events

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ACS Meeting – Join us Saturday, February 8th for the ACS monthly meeting and training. Coffee at 8:30 AM, meeting begins at 9:00 AM, Location:  Room 206, Olympic Hall, South Seattle College,  Directions to campus. and Campus Map.

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Our guest speaker will be Lucia Schmit, Emergency Planning Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Management.  Lucia will be discussing the planning work she has led in helping the City prepare for a catastrophic earthquake, she will talk about the impacts to our City and what we need to do to prepare and respond.  This information is essential to how we frame our sector strategy and carry out our mission.  Following her presentation will be a discussion of our new sector plan and then a Sector leadership meeting.

Oregon ACES class – Seattle ACS is sponsoring and conducting the two-day OregonACES basic EmComm class on the weekend of February 22-23, 2020. The class will be held in Olympic Hall of South Seattle College, 6000 16th Ave S.W., Seattle WA 98106.  To register for the class, please visit www.oregonaces.org and select the Seattle class for those dates.  Cost is $25 per student which covers books and materials. For more information, please visit www.oregonaces.org

Seattle ACS New Member Orientation – Seattle ACS will conduct a New Member Orientation the evening of February 12th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at the Seattle Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 105 5th Ave S., Seattle, WA.  The EOC is at the intersection of 5th Ave S. and S. Washington Street, and the entrance is on 5th Ave just north of Washington.  This is a secure facility so please arrive a few minutes early for entrance.  The orientation is a requirement for new ACS members (you must attend one, it doesn’t have to be this specific one).  Potential/interested ACS members are welcome to attend, as are all current ACS members.

Hands-On DMR class – Seattle ACS will conduct a hands-on DMR class to help members install a functioning code plug (radio programming), learn more about how to build and modify a code plug, and learn how to use DMR both on a local repeater only, and via talk groups that are linked across multiple repeaters.  Assistance may also be available for setting up and operating a hotspot. The class is scheduled for Saturday February 15th, 9:00 am until 3:00 pm and will be located at North Seattle College, room number and hours to be announced.

EOC Audio/Video system training – The main audio/video system in the Seattle EOC is typically operated by Seattle ACS volunteers during EOC activations.  We have conducted training on the A/V system in the past, but there have been updates and improvements to the system over the past few months.  We plan to offer another A/V operator training session, on Sunday March 15th specifics to be announced. If you are interested in learning, or refreshing on, the EOC A/V system please contact Carl Leon, carl.leon@seattle.gov, indicating if either of those dates works for you.

ICS Combination Course – This is a classroom delivery of the FEMA IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700 independent study courses. Structured with instruction, activities, review, and a computer based testing period.  Locations and instructors are to be announced. To register for the in-person ICS classes, please email Chris.Carmen@Seattle.gov, indicate you are an ACS member, and which class you are signing up for.

January News & Events

ACS Meeting – Join us Saturday, January 11, 2020 for the ACS monthly meeting and training. Coffee at 8:30 AM, meeting begins at 9:00 AM,  LocationNorth Seattle College, Education Building Room ED2843A (map) Campus Map with Building Locations

This is our first meeting of the new year, we will take a look forward to discuss direction and priorities for the year as well as up-coming exercises, training and events. There will be a presentation of the after-action review of our December 7th ACS exercise. We will have an overview presentation on DMR radio, how it works and opportunities it offers for EmComm. We also hope to have the clothing vendor at the meeting to discuss ACS team wear.