Emergency Services Coordinating Agency
OUR MISSION: To coordinate and assist the Emergency Services Coordinating Agency member cities to be better prepared for disaster through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AN EMERGENCY OR LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION, CALL 9-1-1.
JOB OPENING: Account Clerk (part time)
The Accounting Clerk is a part-time position that reports to the Emergency Services Director and performs a variety of technical accounting and administrative activities such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, contract and asset management and maintenance, payroll, monthly reconciliation of accounts, quarterly tax reporting, and grant management. The Accounting Clerk is responsible for preparing reports, charts and spreadsheets as required or requested.
ESCA RACES: VOLUNTEER GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Seattle Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society has awarded 'Volunteer Group of the Year for 2013' to the Emergency Services Coordinating Agency's (ESCA) radio operators for providing radio communications support to MS charity bikes rides and walks since 1995.
Over the September 7th and 8th weekend, approximately thirty ESCA radio operators or 'hams' established a radio communications network used to monitor the progress of about 2,000 cyclists riding in the society's annual 2-day, 150 mile charity bike ride. Starting at the Skagit County fairgrounds, the cyclists followed a winding, sometimes hilly route through Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties with return to the fairgrounds.
Mechanical failures, exhausted riders and occasional first aid situations kept the radio frequencies busy over the long days as the cyclists traveled scenic routes north to Anacortes and south to Oak Harbor on day one and along coastal roads between Bellingham Bay an Padilla Bay on day two.
The annual Award was presented to the 'hams' at a Saturday night MS Ride rally where high contribution cycling teams, corporate sponsors and many other volunteers were recognized.
The ham radio coverage is vital since cellular phone signals aren't always adequate on some of the rural back roads. Radio operators in support vehicles are often first on scene of bike mishaps or the more common flat tire or broken spokes.
'Rescued' cyclists are transported back to the fairground 'Start/Finish' line while the Ride officials are informed by radio of the progress of the cyclists as they pedal their way to making good on donation pledges.
'Supporting the MS Society with radio communications provides a great benefit, said Radio Program Manager, Dan Good. 'Volunteering for the MS society is great training for our emergency radio operators responsible for establishing post-disaster communications among city Emergency Operations Centers, hospitals, and 911 dispatch centers. Disasters such as an earthquake or severe winter storm routinely take out telephone service and often overwhelm public safety radio.'
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE COURSES
STARTING September 30, 2013
ESCA is offering two amateur radio license courses starting Monday, September 30, 2013 to prepare students for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) license examination.
Courses for the entry (Technician) and mid-level (General) license convene simultaneously Monday evenings, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Brier City Hall for eight consecutive weeks. The courses conclude with FCC exams scheduled on November 18.
The beginner level amateur band radio license is required for entry into the fascinating hobby of “ham” radio. It’s all about getting on the air and communicating with a region-wide network of ham radio operators for fun, providing communications for charity events or helping governments transmit vital disaster response information when telephones fail.
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Emergency Services Coordinating Agency radio operators participating in an emergency communications exercise
ESCA is offering FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training
Thursday nights September 19 – November 14, 2013 at Northshore Fire Department in Kenmore
The Pacific Northwest is subject to several natural hazards. Earthquakes, severe winter storms, urban flooding, and damaging high winds can all cause an emergency to quickly escalate into a disaster situation. Citizens can suddenly be without electricity and water, need temporary shelter, and even emergency medical care.
Cities have enough fire fighters, police and paramedics to respond to emergency situations on a routine basis. In a disaster situation when many people may need help simultaneously, emergency responders may not be immediately available to meet the needs of everyone calling 911 – if the phones are working. While local government emergency managers at Emergency Services Coordinating Agency (ESCA) are bringing special teams, supplies, and equipment into the region to augment city disaster responders, citizens should be prepared to help themselves and one another until
Disaster response history shows ordinary citizens want to help, but they need training to operate in the post-disaster environment and understand the disaster response organization.
To prepare citizens to take care of themselves and their neighbors until help arrives, the Emergency Services Coordinating Agency is offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to local citizens starting Thursday, September 19, 2013 and concluding on November 14th. Fire Fighters, EMT's, Emergency Managers and CERT Program Managers deliver the three hour CERT classes on eight consecutive Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Students will extinguish small fires with fire fighters, learn disaster first aid including triage and treatment, conduct urban search and rescue to extricate people trapped in buildings, and perform other vital skills needed to help others in a disaster environment.
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CERT Class In Progress
The following photo is provided by a student in the Winter 2012 CERT class held in Woodinville.
Fall and Winter Preparation Tips!
Take some time now to prepare. Taking these simple steps today, may save you from problems tomorrow.
Winterize Your Car
Get your oil changed.
Change windshield wipers and fill up windshield wiper fluid.
Get your battery checked. Clean up corrosion, etc.
Check belts and hoses.
Check tire pressure.
Check tires for wear. Replace as necessary.
Do a “safety check”: All lights, defroster, heater, etc.
Update your car’s disaster kit. Make sure you have an ice-scraper.
Winterize Your Home
Inspect furnace and clean ducts. If you heat with oil, refill the tank.
Have chimney cleaned and inspected. (Do you have appropriate fuel available…firewood, pellets, etc.?)
Check windows and doors. Replace weatherstripping as necessary.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Store gardening materials.
Check foundations. Seal up cracks and holes. Secure crawlspaces.
Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Change batteries if you didn’t do it when you reset your clocks.
Drain garden hoses and insulate any exposed pipes.
Trim branches back from the house or electrical wires.
Update the home disaster kit.
For more information go to: www.ready.gov