West Seattle, Washington
September is Preparedness Month. This year brings more than the standard – and important! – reminders about disaster kits – it also brings the 2016 Seattle Disaster Relief Trials, starting from Alki Beach during the Seattle Summer Parkways event three weeks from today. Here’s the official announcement about what organizers describe as “a disaster drill in the form of a cargo-bike ride, simulating a Day 3 supply run”:
Seattle’s Disaster Relief Trials (DRT) will take place Sunday, September 25th, 2016 and will run from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, starting from 61st Ave SW and Alki Ave SW in West Seattle. This year, the Seattle DRT will be held in partnership with Seattle Summer Parkways, Seattle Emergency Hubs, and the Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS).
Imagine the impact a nearby 8.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami would have on Seattle. Buildings collapsed, roads in shambles, people displaced, services disconnected. Without roads that are passable to vehicles, how do we provide essential services to injured and scared residents?
The DRT is a fun emergency-preparedness event that mobilizes bicyclists to carry cargo representing emergency supplies to and from six checkpoints, Community and Communication Hubs and other significant community gathering locations throughout West Seattle and White Center.
Each of the six hubs will include a cargo activity for the Responder class, and an emergency response mini-workshop for the Resilient, Family, and Citizen classes, as well as for the public. The emergency response activities will be provided by partnering organizations.
The goal is to provide a realistic practice of how bicyclists can be a vital link in providing supplies to citizens, in cases where the roads are impassable to larger vehicles, within the context of educating the public and having a great time!
Tickets are now available. We are offering different ticket types indicating your level of participation (Responder, Resilient, Family, Citizen, etc.). Tickets range from $0 – $20. Most tickets include a free stylish 2016 DRT shirt you can wear year round!
Want to help out with the event? We are seeking volunteers to help with registration, setup, running checkpoints, and teardown. Volunteers will receive free snacks and water and a stylish 2016 DRT shirt, and will have the opportunity to learn valuable preparedness skills!
If you would like more information about this topic, please email us at info@SeattleDRT.org. If you’d like to volunteer to help with this event, please email us at volunteerDRT@gmail.com.
An Arbor Heights resident hopes you can help find her stolen car:
My newly bought 2012 Prius v – my dream car – was stolen from in front of my house last night (Sept. 3rd). It is silverish blue. I live on 40th St. SW. Reward for anyone who provides information leading to the recovery of this vehicle.
Plate # is AZE2410, according to SPD’s @getyourcarback Twitter feed, which includes the reminder to call 911 if you see a stolen car, rather than checking it out closeup.
2:29 PM: On the shore at Alki Point, swimmer Erika Norris hugged her dad Jim after she became the first person in more than half a century to swim from Bremerton to Alki Point. She finished the “Amy Hiland Swim” – named after the woman who did it in 1959 – moments ago. We first reported on Thursday about the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association‘s announcement of Norris’s 10.4-mile swim.
3:10 PM: NOWSA says Erika’s official time was 4:09:20; Amy Hiland’s 1959 time was an hour and a half longer, according to the coverage linked in the first paragraph.
ADDED 5:24 PM: Our video as Erika came ashore:
Some of the people who hiked out onto the rocky shore at low tide to watch:
Here’s what they saw as she approached, with the accompanying sailboat:
(That photo and the next one are by David Hutchinson.)
Even before this, Erika was an accomplished swimmer, as explained in the bio published when she was named to the New York University Hall of Fame last year.
(WSB photo from 2012 flag ceremony at Masonic Center)
Another Labor Day invitation for you – everyone’s invited to the annual flag ceremony and potluck at Alki Masonic Center in The Junction:
We hope you you’ll join us this Monday, September 5th, for our Annual Labor Day Flag Dedication Ceremony and Potluck Picnic. We’ll be raising a new flag at 12:00 noon, following by a potluck picnic. All are welcome – we hope you’ll join us!
WHEN: Labor Day, Monday September 5, 2016 11 am – 3:00 pm
(Flag Ceremony Begins at Noon)
WHERE: Alki Masonic Center, 4736 40th Ave SW
MEAT: Brother Jeff Jolly is smoking a substantial amount of beef brisket for you to enjoy.
BRING: A Lunch Dish to Share
WHO: All Are Welcome!
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
-Francis Scott Key
September 14, 1814
That bald eagle caught a lot of attention on Saturday, spending time atop a streetlight at Duwamish Head. The photo above is from David Hutchinson; the two below are from Robert Spears, interspersed between our highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and coverage archives:
BREMERTON TO ALKI POINT SWIM: As previewed here last week, Erika Norris plans to swim from Bremerton to Alki Point today, approximately 10 am-2 pm. It’s only been done once before – more than half a century ago. The Northwest Open Water Swimming Association plans to track the swim here.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm on Sundays year-round, holiday weekends included! (California between Oregon and Alaska)
HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK: Second-to-last day of the season for West Seattle’s only spraypark, 11 am-8 pm. (1100 SW Cloverdale)
COLMAN POOL: Second-to-last day of the 7-day-a-week season, with swim sessions noon-7 pm; after tomorrow, the pool is closed except for one last “post-season weekend” next Saturday-Sunday. (8603 Fauntleroy Way SW)
ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, second-to-last day of this year’s free tours with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – get there by 3:40 pm. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)
‘LIGHT UNDER THE BRIDGE’ MUSIC FESTIVAL: 2-5 pm at Shorewood Foursquare Church, this outdoor Christian-music festival will raise money to help people experiencing homelessness. Info in our calendar listing. (10300 28th SW)
RYAN HUTCHENS: Acoustic singer-songwriter performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
FUNCTION NORTH OF THE JUNCTION: 4-9 pm festival/expo in the Anytime Fitness lot in The Admiral District, first-of-its-kind-event promising food, fun, games, raffles, via what’s intended to be “an annual event to promote physical health, mental health and emotional health and how to find it through local businesses here in West Seattle.” Full schedule/details in our calendar listing. (2222 California SW)
LUCKY BROWN AND THE SGs: Folk/jazz at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm, no cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE THE FUTURE … on our full calendar, here.