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SNOQUALMIE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT TEAM



Activation and Response

The Team is activated by the Director of Emergency Management or his designee.

Snoqualmie Emergency Management calls/pages the Coordinators with EOC needs and activation time, who then pages the remainder of the team as necessary.


Team Membership Criteria

Membership is open to any individual with an interest in providing vital Emergency Operations Center support for the community during a disaster situation, and in training the community in disaster awareness. Because of the seriousness of the team mission, members should be mature, willing to commit time, and able to respond quickly. Members are expected to participate in training and exercises on a regular basis, and be available to respond to actual disasters when needed.

Members are registered as State Emergency Workers, by completing and submitting a Registration Application to the Snoqualmie Department of Emergency Management. A photo-ID is provided by the City of Snoqualmie. This is necessary for identification during a disaster. Refer to WAC 118-04, Emergency Worker Program for specific requirements.

Requirements for membership include:

  • A 24/7 contact number with the Snoqualmie Emergency Operations Center.
  • Eighteen Years of Age or more
  • Degree of availability for mission assignments.
  • Desire to provide services to the citizens of Snoqualmie and beyond if needed.
  • Approval of the SECAST Team Leaders and City of Snoqualmie Representative.
  • Obtain Amateur Radio License within one year.
  • Attendance at team monthly meetings.
  • Willing to maintain the requirements established by the Washington Administrative Code for Emergency Workers.
  • Participation in a representative number of exercises and simulations.
  • Complete required training.

Membership can be denied or revoked at any time for any reason or no reason.

Training Courses

The following courses are part of the Team curriculum. These courses are considered mandatory for Team membership. While other courses may be recommended they are not considered mandatory. Each new member has one year to complete the required
training. Many other training courses are available and team members are encouraged to seek out other related training.
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • FEMA IS-100 (ICS 100)
  • FEMA IS-200 (ICS 200)
  • FEMA IS-700 (NIMS)
  • FEMA IS-800 (National Response Plan)
  • Emergency Worker Orientation 

Activities

Team members participate in training activities throughout the year. The Team participates in practice exercises and simulated events. The exercises will demonstrate the Team's ability to perform effectively with the Snoqualmie EOC and local authorities.

In addition, team members maintain a high level of personal emergency preparedness and readiness to respond. Disaster Planning begins at home with family preparedness. Participants must have their families prepared for disaster. It is unreasonable to expect volunteers to leave their families in a time of extreme need. Being prepared will lessen the need.

  • Assist Other Emergency Units as Appropriate
  • Technical Consulting Services
  • Community Presentations

Specific support activities

  • Floods, FIre, Large Police incidents
  • Community Events: Parades, Bike Races, Festivals, Etc.
  • Natural Disasters and Emergencies

Mission

The Snoqualmie Emergency Communications and Support Team is a highly mobile and motivated team of volunteers with diverse skills and capabilities. It provides timely and quality support services to the command structure of Snoqualmie EOC (Emergency Operations Center) or mobile command operations support. The mission of this team is to protect property and lives, and serve the people of Snoqualmie by making those operations as efficient and effective as possible.

The EOC Assists Local Authorities With:

  • Preplanning Assessments/Surveys
  • Radio Communications
  • Event Logs
  • Personnel Resources & Scheduling
  • Event Briefings
  • Situation Reports
  • Team Debriefings
  • ICS Command Structures
  • Command Center Layout and Setup
  • Logistics
  • Documentation
  • Planning
  • Technical Support
  • Status Boards
  • Resource needs and distribution
  • Volunteer registration organization
  • Other Duties as Required

Liaison to Other Agencies              
 

  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire
  • Public Works
  • Emergency Services

                                                                                                             

 

                                                                                                           

Call or visit the Snoqualmie Fire Department to request a SECAST application.

Snoqualmie Emergency Management
Phone: 425-888-5911

SECAST is the volunteer unit of the Snoqualmie Emergency Management Department.

Members are recruited on a completely non-discriminatory basis.

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