This discussion in the WSB Forums about the 20th anniversary of the big Bay Area quake reminds us that we have news to share about the most recent test of the neighborhood-preparedness radio system, plus a reminder about preparedness information you can access any time. First, the radio test. To recap, the West Seattle Communication Hubs is a project setting up nodes around the peninsula where volunteers will spring into action in case of a disaster that takes out the usual communications channels. In addition to keeping this list of “hubs,” the volunteers also have set up a radio network that would get information to authorities off-peninsula if needed. That’s what was tested again successfully last weekend, with West Seattle volunteers joined by two reps from the Auxiliary Communications Service, which is in turn linked in to the city Emergency Operations Center. One was Curt Black, shown in the photo above, who, as Morgan Community Association‘s Cindi Barker puts it, was “working in true disaster mode off the top of his car. He was specially equipped” with a digital setup, which can transmit data from a computer across the radio frequencies. The city and community reps dealt with a theoretical scenario, and requests for help dealing with potential scenario effects including a car in a sinkhole. So what can YOU do to help? First, familiarize yourself with the nearest Communication Hub location – where you’ll be able to go to get information and relay calls for help, if needed. It’s all on this website – worth a bookmark.
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