We’ve never been big fans of the concept of Whatever Awareness Month … it tends to be overused, for one thing (check out this list). But on occasion, a Whatever Month can be a good occasion to call attention to info that can do some good. In that spirit, we’re joining a coalition of West Seattle community leaders and volunteers — brought together by Cindi Barker from Morgan Community Association (one of our first West Seattle Community Recognition Awards recipients, by the way; get your nomination in now) — in a unique neighborhood campaign to help you participate more easily and efficiently (maybe even having fun along the way) in our state’s Disaster Preparedness Month (happening as we speak). Over the next several weeks, stretching into May, we will share simple things you can do — not necessarily the cliche’ ones you always hear about — to make sure your family is safe and ready, Just In Case. For starters: Make plans to be at the SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) event at the West Seattle Library branch (Admiral), 6:30 pm April 10. It’s really all about neighborhoods, and part of the West Seattle effort we’ll be tracking for you involves designating and announcing official neighborhood gathering places around West Seattle that would serve as post-disaster info-hubs so you’d know where to go — a schedule is being firmed up for drop-in mini-events at each of these spots. (By the way, Cindi’s still looking for a few more neighborhood coordinators to help with this in areas south of Fauntleroy – please e-mail her, cbarker [at] qwest.net, if you might be able to pitch in.) More info to come!
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