West Seattle Be Prepared will participate in a communication field exercise on May 7th; it’s an opportunity for the neighborhood hubs to test radio communications with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services (Seattle ACS) – which utilize ham radios for emergency response.
The neighborhoods of West Seattle, Magnolia-Queen Anne-Interbay, Wallingford and Capitol Hill will all activate hubs. Hub volunteers from other Seattle neighborhoods will participate as well. The neighborhood emergency communication hubs utilize GMRS radios and a system of 3 repeaters, which amplify those transmissions and facilitate networked communication between hubs.
West Seattle will activate 2 hubs for this exercise – the Fairmount Hub and a new hub in North Delridge that we plan to officially launch this summer. Those specific locations are:
- Fairmount Hub at Providence/Mount St Providence, NE corner by flagpole, 4831 35th Ave SW.
- North Delridge Hub at the Delridge P-Patch, 5078 25th Ave SW.
You are welcome to stop by to watch! We already have volunteers for this drill, but we’d welcome your involvement in future activities.
Learn more about our group’s ongoing activities on the What’s New page or in the Learn More section of our website! We regularly test the radios and repeaters on Monday evenings between 8 and 8:30 PM ; if you have a GMRS radio, see if you can hear us on channel 1 (West Seattle), 4 (Magnolia-Queen Anne-Interbay) or 6 (Capitol Hill).