Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS)
Emergency Communications Reserves – Amateur Radio support
Should communications systems be damaged or overloaded due to a natural or man caused disaster, the City of Seattle calls on teams of amateur radio operators to help support the City with emergency communications. Typically, the mission of these teams includes providing communications at the Emergency Operations Center and establishing links between government facilities, hospitals and field command posts. Additionally, amateur radio provides a connection with teams of citizens (CERT, SNAP and Communication HUBs) organized in their communities to provide a first line of emergency response to neighborhoods. Amateur radio emergency communications is an important resource that augments the City’s ability to respond in times of emergency.
The Office of Emergency Management oversees two teams: 1. Medical Services Team (MST) which primarily supports area hospitals and 2. Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) responsible for supporting government operations and the neighborhoods during an emergency.
For more information about Seattle’s Emergency Communications Reserves – please visit the Seattle ACS website by following this link.