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Friday April 24th

Our 2020 Communications Academy theme is:

"If Cascadia Rises, Will We Fall?"

This year, we are experimenting with providing a "Masters Level" program added to the schedule on Friday April 24, 2020.

While all Communications Academy particpants may register for, attend, and paticipate in these classes and sessions, they are geared toward management level EmComm and the more technologically practiced veteran participants.

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08:00 Registration Begins

09:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

09:30-10:00 Opening session:

Session M1 - Speaker: will be a speaker to be decided from the King Public Health Dept. ----

Topic - "COVID-19 Briefing"

Description: We will be having an expert come in to kick off Comm Academy 2020, who will inform us of the events and information regarding the global situation regarding the COVID virus.

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10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 12:00 Morning Sessions

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Session M2 -  THIS WILL BE AN ALL DAY EVENT from 10:15-17:00

Speaker: Scott Honaker, N7SS, et al

Topic - Advanced Communications Toolbox – Surviving in the EOC and Field Using ICS"

Description: Will include the following:

  • Amateur Radio, Public Safety and Winlink (Digital) Communications, Interoperability, Technology and.....
  • .....a selection of content based on AUXCOM, ACES and ICS training with an emphasis on practical application (actually walking the talking) , troubleshooting, template creation and radio programming.
  • Bring your HT and be ready to engage
  • It will be helpful to have a basic understanding of ICS forms (205, 205A, 213, 213RR and 214 and 217).

Bio: Speaker info: Scott Honaker, N7SS

Scott has always been interested in electronics, and worked at Radio Shack and ABC Communications during college. He got his ham radio license later while working for Microsoft and became active in digital and VHF weak signal communications. He was a charter member of both the Pacific NW VHF Society and MicroHams and later became president of both organizations. He was also Chair and current Vice-Chair of WWARA.

In 2005 Scott began volunteering with Snohomish County Emergency Management and was later hired as the County Communications Coordinator. Scott is also the author of the digital chapter of the ARRL Amateur Radio Handbook and chair of the MicroHams Digital Conference.

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Session M3 - THIS WILL BE AN ALL DAY EVENT from 10:15-17:00

Speaker: ______to be decided_____________

 

Topic - " Deployment, Set-Up and Operation of an ESF-2 Field Communications Station. "

Description:

  • Primary goals are equipment familiarity, interoperability, troubleshooting and using ICS functions and documentation
    • i. Includes a classroom session on goals, objectives, deployment assignments, ICS COM-L briefing, etc.
    • ii. Equipment including Amateur Radio (VHF/UHF/HF), Part 90 Public Service, 800MHz trunking systems, Winlink, FEMA SHARES, satellite phones and data, NVIS, etc.
  • The session is designed for mid to high levels of proficiency but open to anyone
  • The station will be used Friday evening and available on Saturday and Sunday for all interested attendees

 

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Session M4 - Speaker:

Topic - "Digital Modes – How these “fit” into the overall EMCOMM delivery system"

Description:

  • The Digital “Wild West” – How to Tame the 0s and 1s and the Expectations Of EOCs For Data Delivery.
  • Will include presentations/discussions on transport options (D-Star, DMR, Fusion, P25, etc.) Messaging Over Radio – Winlink clients, HTML Forms, etc. How to integrate these into your teams with an emphasis on training and the impact on Served Agencies.

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Session M5 -  Speaker:

Topic - "Amateur Radio and EMCOMM – Supporting Emergency Managers and Everyone Else" -

Description:

  • Determining The “Ask” and Providing The “Answers”.
  • Will include presentation/discussions on evaluating back-up and disaster communications needs and priorities, integrating your communicators into the EOC, investing in training and exercises, building a “bench” and providing a rewarding environment for volunteers.

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Session M6 - Speaker:

Topic - "FEMA Games"

Description:
Join the action and do your best to get the communications resources you need   where and when you need them. Play Laura Goudreau's FEMA Region X's communications interactive tabletop exercise.

 

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12:15 - 13:30 - LUNCH - Brockey A & B

Special Session: Skywarn Training and Summer Outlook Presentation -
National Weather Service w/ Madelyn Powell from NOAA

13:30 Early Afternoon Sessions

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Session M7 - Speaker: Cathy Orcutt(?), and others

Topic - "Demystifying The Acronyms – WPS, GETS, FirstNet, Etc "

Description:

What is priority calling? What is pre-emption? FirstNet….What are these? What do they Do? What you need to know and how to move forward. Which ones are right for you and your served agencies?

 

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Session M5 (repeat session) - Speaker:

Topic - "Amateur Radio and EMCOMM – Supporting Emergency Managers and Everyone Else"-

Description:

  • Determining the "Asks" and providing the "Answers"
  • Will include presentation/discusssion on evaluating back-up and disaster communications needs and priorities; integrating your communicators into the EOC; investing in training and exercises; building a "bench" and providing a rewarding environment for volunteers.

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Session M8 - Speaker: Mark Sheppard, N7LYE

Topic: “Seattle EOC Tour”: (May extend time to about 16:00 ,extra time due travel might miss other sessions start time, but can enter late.)

Description:

Carpool or drive yourself to a tour of the Seattle Emergency Operations Center with a focus on communications capabilities, resources and systems

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15:15 Break

15:30 - 17:00 Late Afternoon Sessions

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Session M6 (repeat class) - Speaker:

Topic - "FEMA Games"

Description: Join the action and do your best to get the communications resources you need where and when you need them. Play Laura Goudreau’s FEMA Region X’s communications interactive tabletop exercise.

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Session M10 -  Speaker

Topic - “Roundtable - Cascadia Rising 2022 ”

Description: Engage in a facilitated roundtable discussion on the challenges and opportunities presented by the June 2022 FEMA Region X Cascadia Rising exercise. Focus on achievable goals, inclusion of all modes of communication, ramp up exercises and training.

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18:00 - 22:00

LATE, LATE Session - Culmination from the activities from "Deployment, Set-Up and Operation of an ESF-2 Field Communications Station" all day exercise

Session M11 - Speaker: _______________________________________

Topic - Operation of an ESF-2 Field Communications Station and Contact Palooza":

Description:

  • Open to everyone. Come work the hardware and software. Try HF on an SDR, send Winlink over HF, try DMR. This is Field Day in April! Make some contacts and add them to your logs. Only have a Tech License and an HT? Try your hand at HF.
  • Bonus!
  • This station will also be open and available all day Saturday and Sunday morning (4/25-26)

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