Happening now: Learn, watch, hang out @ ‘Reach Out’ emergency-preparedness

October 20, 2012 at 11:11 am | In Preparedness, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

11:11 AM: Fun morning so far at “Reach Out” – the volunteer-organized preparedness event happening till 2 pm at Arbor Heights Elementary (3701 SW 104th). We and others who are tabling and talking are in the school cafeteria; next door in the gym, presentations are happening almost continuously – here’s what’s still ahead:

Now till noon – JoAnn Jordan with SNAP! (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare)
Noon-12:30 pm – Lunch break (Bigfood has a truck outside, selling lunch)
12:30-1:15 pm – Seattle Red Cross
1:15 pm-1:35 pm – Seattle Animal Shelter
1:35 pm-2 pm – Seattle Fire Department

Many other organizations are here too – including the volunteers behind the West Seattle Be Prepared Emergency Communications Hubs:

View West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs in a larger map

Each of those locations is a “hub” where preparedness volunteers will set up in case of disaster – know your nearest one, so you can go there and find out if all other channels of communication are down. Again, this is on till 2 pm – and we’re told a fire truck just arrived (for visits, not crisis) – looking out the window, we see it’s Engine 37 from Sunrise Heights:

More to come!

11:57 AM: Just wrapping up, the SNAP demonstration with JoAnn Jordan:

SNAP is a city-sponsored program with workshops around the city all year – keep an eye on their calendar to see when one’s coming to West Seattle. Back outside, Engine 37 continues to be a hit:

12:50 PM NOTE: Still time to come visit – the event’s on till 2, and the “preparedness with pets” presentation from the animal shelter at 1:15 pm is up next.


  1. 11:57 AM: Just wrapping up, the SNAP demonstration with JoAnn Jordan:

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    Comment by miws — 2:34 pm October 20, 2012 #

  2. Thanks to all the hard work of the Arbor Heights PTA for making this event a reality. Over a year ago the PTA applied for a Neighborhood Matching Grant with the goal to educate and help prepare Arbor Heights Elementary School and our community in case we are faced with an emergency or disaster.
    “The community of Arbor Heights will come together to develop and implement a plan for emergency and disaster preparedness, including training, disaster kits, and supplies for 400 Arbor Heights Elementary School staff, students, and neighbors.”
    Today’s event is a true reflection of our school’s heart and compassion for our families and neighbors.

    Comment by AH Parent — 8:37 pm October 20, 2012 #

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