An emergency communications & amateur radio conference to be held online April 10-11, 2021. Join us for our 2021 theme:


Two days of training, talks, and information on emergency communications on this year's theme:
Disasters Here, There, and Everywhere – Are We Ready?

Headquartered in Seattle, Comm Academy is two days of training and information on various aspects of emergency communications. Organizations attending include:

  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES©)

  • Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS)

  • EOC Support Teams

  • Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)

  • Civil Air Patrol, Coast Guard Auxiliary


  • CERT

All those interested in emergency and amateur radio communications are welcome. Learn, network, and share your experiences with others.

A Message from The Steering Committee

The Leadership of the Communications Academy is reaching out to all of our loyal attendees that have made the Communications Academy such a success in the Pacific Northwest over the last 22+ years; to give you an update on our plans for 2021 and beyond.

First, thank you for your support, interest, and willingness to grow with us. Without your continued attendance, financial support, and volunteer efforts the event programs we have offered would not have been possible.

The annual event has continued to evolve by presenting keynotes and seminar tracks that engage beginners, intermediate and advanced users in technologies, served agency support, volunteer management, self-preparedness, and how volunteer and professional communications are used, adapted and improved. Additional opportunities including a select group of Vendor and Sponsors exhibiting capabilities and the Communications and Interoperability vehicle display have also been added over time.

Our planned 2020 event was to serve as the launch for an expanded, 3 day event that included a full day of “Master Classes” on Friday providing in-depth classes on specific topics that require more than the usual 75 minute classes. Sadly, it was not to be.

The Communications Academy leadership has used this opportunity to review how we can best preserve the direction and focus of our event while restricted by the current pandemic.

The annual event has always focused on education for communications leaders, volunteers, and professionals and as we move forward that will remain our continued goal.

Our first task has been to review how we can provide an improved online presence that will engage all of you with great content and an opportunity for all of us to engage throughout the year.

A name change seemed to be in order reflecting our new approach with our website. The Communications Academy will now be known as The Comm Academy. We all have called it that for years, so why not make it official.

Our theme for 2021 is: Disasters Here, There and Everywhere – Are We Ready?

We are currently working on our first fully online event, planned for April 10th and 11th, 2021. More details will be available after January 1st but hold the dates.

In closing, we are excited to move forward to continue the tradition of Comm Academy. Your engagement, feedback and support are welcome as we look to 2021 and beyond.


The Comm Academy Steering Committee