West Seattle Blog... » Preparedness http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:54:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 HELICOPTER ALERT: Emergency-preparedness exercise at West Seattle’s Terminal 5 on Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/helicopter-alert-emergency-drill-at-west-seattles-terminal-5-on-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/helicopter-alert-emergency-drill-at-west-seattles-terminal-5-on-monday/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:11:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329018 Rare chance to tell you way in advance when and why helicopters are expected in the area. The Port of Seattle just announced that multiple agencies also including Seattle Fire, King County, and Snohomish County “will be conducting a joint exercise involving multiple helicopters for emergency preparedness training” on Monday at Terminal 5. This exercise, the announcement says, “will give the participants better training for rescue situations such as those that took place after the Oso mudslide in 2014.” The helicopter activity, “moving heavy loads of equipment and personnel,” is expected to last from 11 am to noon on Monday (November 16th).

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VIDEO: Are you ready for a quake? Explorer West is. http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/video-are-you-ready-for-a-quake-explorer-west-is/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/video-are-you-ready-for-a-quake-explorer-west-is/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:22:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326182

Even if you weren’t part of Thursday’s statewide earthquake drill – you can get your preparedness going ANY TIME. Here’s some inspiration – at Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), the drill went far beyond the actual “imagine there’s a quake” moment. Out on the field, they set up a makeshift hospital. And some students portrayed people in major need of treatment.

This was all organized by teacher Timothy Owens, who explained it to us on camera:

(The call Owens took at the end of our chat, by the way, was from the school’s brand-new phone-alert system, which gets messages to families in case of emergency.) The drill was based on a long-lasting quake. Students took cover under their desks, then went out on the field, for a drill running about 45 minutes, followed by a debriefing; regular classes resumed after lunch.

P.S. If your earthquake/disaster preparedness is lagging – don’t feel guilty, you’re not alone! – a great place to get started, with local info, is West Seattle Be Prepared – be sure to find your nearest emergency communication “hub”!

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Are you ready? Get your spot at this earthquake-prep presentation http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/are-you-ready-get-your-spot-at-this-earthquake-prep-presentation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/are-you-ready-get-your-spot-at-this-earthquake-prep-presentation/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 22:27:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323097 Though November might seem far away, the city’s earthquake-preparedness presentations tend to fill up fast, so we’re sharing word of this one in case you want to sign up:

Are you prepared for the next big earthquake and other disasters Seattle could face? Attend a presentation at one of the below library branches to hear from local emergency management experts about what you can do to get prepared. Learn about the City’s new emergency alert and notification system – AlertSeattle – and bring questions to ask the City’s hazard specialist during an open Q&A session.

Wed. November 4, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Southwest Library Branch

Register for a class by emailing your name and the presentation you plan to attend to snap@seattle.gov

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EARTHQUAKE: Did you feel it? 4.0 magnitude this afternoon http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/earthquake-did-you-feel-it-4-0-magnitude-this-afternoon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/earthquake-did-you-feel-it-4-0-magnitude-this-afternoon/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 23:56:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322683 Did you feel it? We heard from one person south of Alki Point who said they did – a 4.0-magnitude earthquake at 3:22 this afternoon, epicenter east of North Bend. Lots of info here – and if you DID feel it, tell the scientists by filling out this form. The quake gives us a reason to remind you that September is Preparedness Month – and at the very least, you need to know where your nearest Emergency Communication Hub is.

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TONIGHT: How community can be key, in case of catastrophe http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/tonight-how-community-can-be-key-in-case-of-catastrophe/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/tonight-how-community-can-be-key-in-case-of-catastrophe/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:02:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320965

Know where your nearest Emergency Communication Hub is? Know WHAT your Emergency Communication Hub is? West Seattle has long been a citywide leader in this aspect of preparedness, via West Seattle Be Prepared. And they’re sharing news of a presentation downtown tonight that might interest you. Usually we can only promote on-peninsula events, but preparedness has been a signature issue for us for a long time, and at the heart of this presentation is the reminder that community can be key in case of catastrophe:

Join the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs and Seattle Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Tom Richardson, one of the Urban Search and Rescue Team Leaders (USAR) at the SR 530 slide, who will share his experience during the response and recovery stages and his thoughts on how communities are key in disasters.

6:30 pm – (Optional) Overview of the Seattle Emergency Hubs
7:00 pm – Program start
8:00 pm – Q & A and discussion

Location: City of Seattle Emergency Operations Center, 105 5th Ave S. (Corner of 5th Ave S and S Washington St)

Please RSVP at snap@seattle.gov, or 206-233-5076

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AlertSeattle: How to sign up for city’s new notification service http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/alertseattle-how-to-sign-up-for-citys-new-notification-service/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/alertseattle-how-to-sign-up-for-citys-new-notification-service/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:00:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=318833 The city has opened signups for AlertSeattle, which its announcement describes as “a new, real-time emergency alert and notification system … a way to send out messages to the public with information on what to do when emergencies like earthquakes, explosions, flooding, or other disasters happen,” as well as “community notifications about severe weather, safety, health, utility-service disruptions, major traffic incidents, preparedness events and more.” You can register by going to alert.seattle.gov and creating a profile. Set aside a few minutes before you start – it’s a bit complicated, with numerous optional fields you can (but don’t have to) fill out beyond the basic notification information; it’s linked to Smart911, so you’ll also be asked, for example, if you want to provide information about your household that could be displayed to emergency providers if you call 911 from the phone number you register.

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VIDEO: Two West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs part of tonight’s citywide quake-scenario drill http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/happening-now-2-west-seattle-emergency-communication-hubs-part-of-tonights-citywide-quake-scenario-drill/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/happening-now-2-west-seattle-emergency-communication-hubs-part-of-tonights-citywide-quake-scenario-drill/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 04:31:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309803

They’re not quite burning the midnight oil, but close. Local emergency-preparedness volunteers will be in view at Ercolini Park west of The Junction and Hiawatha Playfield (above) in Admiral until about 10 pm tonight as part of a citywide drill. We stopped at both before sunset. The drill scenario: A BIG quake, with the Neighborhood Emergency Communication Hubs on Day 3, working to communicate information and procure help. Listen in to a snippet from Hiawatha:

We listened in for a bit at Ercolini too:

Ham-radio operators are on site at each participating hub this time for the first time, according to West Seattle Be Prepared.

Volunteers of all ages were welcome, and were assigned roles including “greeter” and “message taker” all to be ready just in case the unthinkable happens and the hubs have to be set up because other ways of communication aren’t working:

That was the whiteboard at Hiawatha, which we visited a while after our stop at Ercolini:

While these were the only two hubs “activated” for tonight’s drill, West Seattle has ten others – check this map to find the one closest to you:

And learn more about the hubs at westseattlebeprepared.org.

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Deadly Nepal quake brings preparedness reminder, two weeks before already-scheduled Emergency Communications Hubs drill http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/deadly-nepal-quake-brings-preparedness-reminder-two-weeks-before-already-scheduled-emergency-communications-hubs-drill/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/deadly-nepal-quake-brings-preparedness-reminder-two-weeks-before-already-scheduled-emergency-communications-hubs-drill/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:23:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308290 The magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal is now reported to have killed almost 2,000 people. And a difficult, dangerous time is ahead for the survivors who now must figure out how to get through its aftermath and aftershocks. So tonight, a reminder about local preparedness:

You need to know where your nearest Emergency Communication Hub is – and that map will help. West Seattle volunteers have led the way in organizing hubs around the peninsula. The hubs are places you can go in the aftermath of a disaster that shuts down usual communications, places to find information and help, as explained on this page of westseattlebeprepared.org – and on a citywide level, they’re explained in this video:

The video mentions the drills that hub volunteers stage every so often to make sure plans and procedures will be fresh if and when disaster strikes. Just so happens that the next drill is two weeks from today, Saturday, May 9th – an evening drill this time, 5-10 pm around the city. The drill scenario will be “a major earthquake followed by aftershocks and worsening weather conditions. The exercise will test operations, procedures and equipment, offer opportunities to learn and to get to know fellow volunteers.” West Seattle Be Prepared‘s Cindi Barker shares this flyer showing that two WS hubs are participating, Ercolini and Hiawatha, and explaining how you can help, even if you haven’t been involved with a hub before:

Hub volunteers and radio operators with the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service will be among those participating.

In the meantime, here’s one more *very important* thing you can do even if you are not involved with a hub: A new website has launched in an attempt to get various community safety and preparedness-related groups communicating and coordinating – Hubs plus SNAP, CERT, and Block Watch groups. If you’re involved with any of the above, go to seattleemergencyhubs.org, find the Emergency NeighborLink Map on the home page, and get signed up so your group will show up.

P.S. If you haven’t even taken the basic preparedness steps – emergency food/water supplies – don’t feel overwhelmed. The Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) website has some advice – see this page.

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Make your home more earthquake-resistant: register now for 2 free workshops coming up in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/make-your-home-more-earthquake-resistant-register-now-for-2-free-workshops-coming-up-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/make-your-home-more-earthquake-resistant-register-now-for-2-free-workshops-coming-up-in-west-seattle/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:38:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307220 Want to make your house more earthquake-resistant? Two chances to learn about retrofitting are coming up in West Seattle as part of the Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) program. They’re free, but you do have to register. First one is next Sunday (April 19th), 2-4 pm, at the West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library – full details here; e-mail snap@seattle.gov if you’re interested. After that, another one is set up for 2-4 pm May 2nd at the High Point Branch Library; same registration address.

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Help your neighborhood be prepared! Come to Tuesday’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting to help ‘hub’ get going http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/help-your-neighborhood-be-prepared-come-to-tuesdays-junction-neighborhood-organization-meeting-to-help-hub-get-going/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/help-your-neighborhood-be-prepared-come-to-tuesdays-junction-neighborhood-organization-meeting-to-help-hub-get-going/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:28:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289370 Tuesday night, the Junction Neighborhood Organization meets – and it’s not just a chance to hear and talk about projects and issues in the area, it’s also a chance to help your neighborhood be prepared! From Ellen West:

Earlier this year, JUNO committed to joining with West Seattle Be Prepared and to create a Emergency Communication Hub in the Alaska Junction area. We’ve approached Hope Lutheran, who will partner with us on hosting the Hub location. So now we’re ready to form the Hub team and start training with the other West Seattle Hubs. Please come to the next JUNO meeting on Tuesday, October 21st, 6:30 at the West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon, to become a volunteer for this important work! For more information, please e-mail Ellen, ellenwestchina@gmail.com

Haven’t heard about the Hubs? They’re explained at westseattlebeprepared.org – go here.

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Congratulations! Emergency Communication Hubs honored with King County Executive’s Community Preparedness Award http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/congratulations-emergency-communication-hubs-honored-with-king-county-executives-community-preparedness-award/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/congratulations-emergency-communication-hubs-honored-with-king-county-executives-community-preparedness-award/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 21:44:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287592

Because of its pioneering Emergency Communication Hubs, West Seattle is a regional leader in neighborhood-based emergency preparedness – and that was affirmed by an award presentation this afternoon at Fauntleroy Church. On behalf of the Community Hubs citywide, Cindi Barker from West Seattle Be Prepared accepted the King County Executive’s Award for Community Preparedness, presented by KCE Dow Constantine. Those on hand got a demonstration of scenarios that the all-volunteer Hubs are meant to handle, and the kinds of information and resources they would coordinate:

The award honors the Hubs for “going beyond the basics, to promote disaster survivability and build community resiliency.” Also there, a city rep with whom they have worked closely, Debbie Goetz:

And we can’t talk about the hubs without again showing you the map of where West Seattle has them:

View West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs in a larger map

They’re explained here – locations chosen by neighborhood groups, designed to be set up in case of catastrophe that interrupts regular ways to communicate. You need to know the closest one to your neighborhood, so that you know where to go for information and help in case of disaster. If there’s not one anywhere near you – that’s because no one has stepped up to get it organized – contact WSBP if you’re interested in making one happen!

P.S. We’ll add video of today’s award presentation once it’s uploaded back at HQ. (Added – here it is:)

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Get ready! Water woes inspire advice from West Seattle Be Prepared http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/get-ready-water-woes-inspire-advice-from-west-seattle-be-prepared/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/get-ready-water-woes-inspire-advice-from-west-seattle-be-prepared/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:17:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287528 October is Disaster Preparedness Month in our state, and how timely; regional water woes – this morning’s Delridge pipe break, and the recent Mercer Island scare – are a reminder that you need to have an emergency supply of water on hand. From West Seattle Be Prepared:

The recent challenges to our normal water supply reflect the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Sometimes an emergency can be small, like a day where the water is shut off, or bigger in scale, with complete disruption or like the recent “boil water” notice on Mercer Island. Stores in Mercer Island quickly sold out of bottled water and residents were dragging out pots to boil water. This would have been a perfect time for those residents to dig into their 3-day (or more) stash of water set aside for emergencies, as part of their emergency preparedness kit. Using that water, while waiting for normal service to return, would have prevented panicked searches for bottled water supplies at the stores or the inconvenience of boiling water for multiple days. The additional benefit is that once you used your supply up, in the Mercer Island case, the stores would have received new shipments AND you can replace your stored water with a fresh supply, and your emergency-kit water is now good to go for another 6 months before normal cycling.

So what should you do to secure that water stash? We covered that during our special preparedness reports last year – check it out here.

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West Seattle earthquake (etc.) preparedness: Do you know where your nearest Emergency Communication Hub is? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-earthquake-etc-preparedness-do-you-know-where-your-nearest-emergency-communication-hub-is/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-earthquake-etc-preparedness-do-you-know-where-your-nearest-emergency-communication-hub-is/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:03:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283518

View West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs in a larger map

In light of today’s Northern California earthquake – we have two preparedness reminders. First, do you know where your Emergency Communication Hub is? The map above is courtesy of West Seattle Be Prepared, local volunteers who have worked for years on helping facilitate local neighborhood preparedness. The hubs are explained here – in short, the place you would go if regular communication channels/methods weren’t working in the aftermath of a disaster (big quake, storm, etc.). If there’s no hub near you, it’s because no one has stepped forward to set one up – this is an all-volunteer effort; here’s how to get one going.

Second, the city offers classes to help you retrofit your residence to make it more capable of withstanding a quake, and as mentioned on WSB recently, registration is open for one coming up this fall – info is here.

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Early alert: Free earthquake-retrofit workshop ahead in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/early-alert-free-earthquake-retrofit-workshop-ahead-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/early-alert-free-earthquake-retrofit-workshop-ahead-in-west-seattle/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:12:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283059 These sessions are usually really popular, and advance registration is required, so here’s an early heads-up: The city Office of Emergency Management is offering a free earthquake-retrofit workshop at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library on October 4th, 11 am-1 pm. More info here, including the note that you have to sign up, so if you’re interested, do that ASAP – e-mail snap@seattle.gov.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Night Out 2014 parties in neighborhoods around West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-night-out-2014-in-neighborhoods-around-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-night-out-2014-in-neighborhoods-around-west-seattle/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 01:03:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281634 FIRST REPORT, 6:03 PM: Night Out is on! We’re visiting block parties around West Seattle again this year and will add updates here. Since we can’t get to them all, we’d love one from yours if you care to share – editor@westseattleblog.com (or Twitter/Instagram, where the hashtag is #SeattleNightOut and we are at @westseattleblog) – thanks; updates ahead!

FIRST STOP, ARBOR HEIGHTS – in the block where we attended a Seattle Police Living-Room Conversation at Block Watch Captain JoDean Edelheit‘s home two years ago. (That’s JoDean in the back row, third from right.) This block is getting busier, as it’s near the undergoing-renovations future home of Westside School (WSB sponsor) at 34th/104th.

SECOND STOP, SUNRISE HEIGHTS: Carole invited us to stop by; her husband Michael is Block Watch Captain and has also recently gone through a round of preparedness training, so he’s leading the neighborhood in getting everybody organized to start working on a neighborhood plan. That’s why there’s preparedness info at their party:

They’re hoping not only to be, well, more prepared as a result, but also to inspire other neighborhoods. (Have we mentioned lately – lots of preparedness info at westseattlebeprepared.org, including the location of your nearest Emergency Communication Hub.)

7:20 PM UPDATE: Thanks to Marcia for tweeting this photo from her neighborhood’s party:

Via text, more preparedness, at 23rd and Cambridge, including this photo:

The texter (206-293-6302 any time!) says neighbor Patty Doty got a grant to “put together emergency kits to distribute tonight to our neighbors!” Meantime, back onto our travels:

OUR THIRD STOP, GATEWOOD: Sue‘s neighborhood has an annual “flags of all nations” display:

The biggest flag there in the middle synergizes with the sign – the flag is for Hawaii, the sign says No Ka Oi (Hawaiian for “is the best”) Party. We also discovered while visiting that Jeff is an award-winning amateur winemaker:

As we continue our travels, we’re noting MANY side streets closed off for block parties – way to go! And closing streets takes some logistics – and signage:

OUR FOURTH STOP, HANSEN VIEW: The sign above is from Hansen View just south of The Mount, where Night Out always means a big party. Including bluegrass band The Mighty Fallen.

We just missed visiting firefighters. Lots of neighbors having a great time!

Hansen View is home neighborhood to West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network leaders Deb Greer and Karen Berge, who we’ll see again – and you should come too! – at Delridge Day this Saturday. Meantime, a photo texted from Gatewood:

The band is Woodland, playing near 35th and Rose – thanks for the photo!

OUR FIFTH STOP, FAIRMOUNT: We were leaving Hansen View, headed to Junction Plaza Park (stop #6), when we noticed two Seattle Fire vehicles at a block party, so we pulled over, and got a group shot including the visiting firefighters:

This is Fairmount, south of The Triangle, not to be confused with Fairmount Park or Fairmount Springs. Then it was north to …

OUR SIXTH STOP, JUNCTION PLAZA PARK: The re-activated Junction Neighborhood Organization threw a party in the park … we didn’t arrive until it was almost over, but caught the small spirited group that remained:

West Seattle Bike Connections joined JuNO for the party. Police and fire had visited earlier too, as had City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who was making West Seattle rounds. JuNO had water balloons, too … now THAT is a party. JuNO’s director René Commons says they hope next Night Out will bring their SECOND annual party in the park.

ADDED 9:23 PM – OUR SEVENTH AND FINAL STOP, SEAVIEW: 5900 block of 44th and vicinity – thanks to Kelli for inviting us. A 1970 El Camino was a canvas for chalk art:

Heather from Sparklez Face and Body Art was creating art too:

And the group:

(added) WE STOPPED HERE TOO: Thanks to Sarah for kindly pointing out in comments that we had neglected to publish anything from one of our stops, 6000 block of 37th – and this was actually the first invite we’ve received, from Aaron. Found the pic!

(back to Tuesday night in-progress report) Next: Photos from the inbox – thanks for sharing! First:

That’s from Steve at 16th and Trenton. One block over, at 15th and Trenton, a party photo from Chris:

Next, from Leslie on Canada Drive SW:

Tweeted by Jason in Admiral:

Lots of kid activities at tonight’s parties. Even a bouncy house in Belvidere, on 36th SW – thanks for this e-mailed photo:

Further south on 36th SW, here’s the group photo from Jenny‘s neighborhood (“between Findlay and Brandon, best block EVER!” she declared):

Also very proud of their block:

We love our neighborhood and thought you might like a glimpse of our amazing gathering. 61st Ave SW – between Hinds and Spokane St.

Mary Pyper and Janinne Brunyee, Block Watch Co-Captains

Pigeon Point always has a big bash, and Pete Spalding shared photos – here he is with Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske:

Deputy Chief Mike Washburn also stopped by, as did a Seattle Fire engine:

But neighborhood mingling remained the big draw, as it was with parties from north to south, east to west:

Next, we head all the way to the other end of West Seattle – Jim Edwards of West Seattle Big Band and West Seattle Grand Parade fame shares a photo from North Shorewood:

A first-time event in North Shorewood on 102nd SW. The west end of the block is the City of Seattle. The east end of the block, unincorporated King County. From 28th SW to 30th SW. We are also participating in an informal radio net with the West Seattle Radio Club.

Next year … maybe a band appearance? If you live out that way, keep watch for flyers next summer! Heading back north, to Gatewood again, Long B. Nguyen photographed his SW Portland neighbors:

From the 6300 block of 41st SW, Fairmount Springs vicinity, Jenny explains the next photo as “not everyone at our block party, but still a picture of neighbors enjoying each other.”

From the 3400 block of Belvidere Avenue, Erika shares a photo of the youngest neighbors, noting, “We had another fantastic night of community gathering with our neighbors and the gang of kiddos had so much fun riding bikes and scooters, as well as jumping in a bouncy house! We love National Night Out and look forward to it all year!”

From 46th SW between Walker and Hill in North Admiral, a photo texted earlier in the night:

And from Rutan Place SW, John shares a photo of his well-attended block party:

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: Two more – first, from Diane, the late crowd on 45th SW between Alaska and Edmunds:

The block party had double this amount in attendance earlier, with games, bubbles, a balloon artist, & sidewalk chalk for the kids. Most had headed home by this late hour to get little ones to bed and missed the photo. The block party also had 2 musicians who sang for them through the evening, accompanied with a guitar and double bass cello. A great block party for 45th Street!

And Don‘s neighborhood in Fairmount Springs had visitors who brought goodies – the Ben & Jerry‘s truck that’s making Seattle rounds this month:

Thanks again for sharing glimpses of awesome West Seattle neighborhoods.

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