Would you like to see and hear how the emergency communication hubs function during an emergency?
If so, please come watch or participate in this citywide communications drill on May 17th!
The drill runs from 9 AM until noon in various locations including West Seattle. It provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the network of hubs throughout Seattle and hear how we can communicate using radio technology. West Seattle will activate the Ercolini Park neighborhood hub (see map) at 4700 SW Alaska Street.
You’ll find more details from drill organizers, Cindi Barker and Carl Leon, in the attached flyer and press release.
Muddy flyer for May 17 2014 drill WS (printable version in .pdf format)
[Added] Here’s a link to the May 17 citywide drill flyer which lists the other locations that will be participating.
Following is an excerpt from the press release about this drill with additional details and contact information.
On May 17, between 9:00 AM and noon, community groups and emergency volunteers from throughout Seattle will be participating in a disaster drill to test neighborhood emergency preparedness.
The groups, known as the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs, will join the City’s Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) ham volunteers to simulate a volcanic explosion and it’s impact on Seattle, especially if the wind blows ash towards Seattle and resulting lahars (mud flows) impact infrastructure. “It’s all about neighbors helping neighbors” said Carl Leon, one of the drill organizers. “We set up neighborhood hubs where people can come to get information and share resources or skills to help those who have been affected.”
The ACS volunteers will practice sending situation reports of conditions in each neighborhood from the Hubs into the City’s Emergency Operations Center. In a real event, that information could be used by City response planners to assess conditions throughout the city and develop response plans.
Participating Hub locations include Broadview, Capitol Hill, Kirke Park, Lake City, Loyal Heights, Magnolia, Maple Leaf, Queen Anne, Rainier Beach, Shilshole, and West Seattle. All Hub locations will welcome visitors and people who would like to learn and participate in the Hubs.
For more information about becoming a Hub volunteer, contact Cindi Barker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-933-6968.
For information about becoming a Ham radio operator or member of ACS, contact Carl Leon at N7KUW@arrl.net.
Visit the West Seattle Be Prepared website to learn more about the West Seattle emergency communication hubs, view maps, etc. You can find additional information in the Resources section of our website about the hubs in the other communities and about the ACS (Auxilliary Communication Services) groups.
If you can’t attend the drill in person but have either a GMRS or ham radio, tune in to listen! You’ll find more details about our radio frequencies here.