As we posted about earlier, tomorrow we are participating in a citywide emergency communication drill. Emergency Communication Hubs througout Seattle will be activated including two of our West Seattle hubs.
Here’s an overview of the drill scenario:
Beginning November 23 and extending into the Thanksgiving weekend a string of winter storms has brought unusually heavy snows and cold temperatures to the Puget Sound lowlands. This has resulted in impassable roads and frozen pipes. On Saturday, November 26, the temperature rose in to the high 40’s causing flooding from broken pipes and melting snow.
On Sunday, November 27 at 6AM, a new storm front begins to hit the Puget Sound area, bringing winds up to 50mph and temperatures in the low 20’s. Over the next two days snow and freezing rain fall, together with extremely low temperatures, causing iced-over roads and power outages throughout King County. Many commuters were trapped on roadways trying to get to and from work. Area schools and many businesses are closed. On Monday, SDOT worked around the clock but was not able to clear the roads of blocking vehicles and piling up snow.
This is exercise is intended to test our winter weather/inclement weather plan. We will be prompted with injects (many from our citizen actors) throughout the exercise to drive specific objectives.
If you’re interested in watching, you’ll find us at the Fauntleroy Emergency Communication Hub (Fauntleroy Church parking lot, 9140 California Ave SW) and at the Alki Emergency Communication Hub (Alki Playfield, 58th Ave SW & SW Lander St, just south of Whale Tail Park). These are hubs #1 and #8 on the map below.
Updated October 30th: Adding this link to coverage and photos of the ‘Winds of Winter’ communication drill.