West Seattle Blog... » Preparedness http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:58:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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West Seattle scene: Do you know where YOUR ‘hub’ is? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-scene-do-you-know-where-your-hub-is/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-scene-do-you-know-where-your-hub-is/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:01:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280216

In case of catastrophe – there’s likely a Neighborhood Emergency Communication Hub near you, a place where you can go to get and share information about what’s happening and how to get help. Pigeon Point has a new hub location – 20th/Genesee – on the West Seattle Be Prepared Emergency Communication Hubs roster, and Jim Sander has created signs to help get the word out:

Thanks to Pete Spalding for sharing the photos. P.S. So where’s YOUR nearest hub, you ask? Check this map from westseattlebeprepared.org:

View West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs in a larger map

Don’t see one near you? Here’s how to change that.

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Video: West Seattle demonstration shows the one thing you need to do to stop a kitchen fire http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/video-west-seattle-demonstration-of-the-one-thing-you-need-to-do-to-stop-a-kitchen-fire/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/video-west-seattle-demonstration-of-the-one-thing-you-need-to-do-to-stop-a-kitchen-fire/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 21:52:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274819

Kitchen fires are the most common kind of fire in the U.S. – so do you know what to do in case of a fire in your kitchen? Take a few minutes and watch the demonstration we covered this morning at the Joint Training Facility on the southeast edge of West Seattle. That’s Seattle Fire Department Captain C.M. Yob. (For the abbreviated version, move the cursor ahead to 2 minutes in, when the flames appear.) Also on hand, Puget Sound Energy‘s Andy Wappler:

We photographed him showing off the elements of a disaster-preparedness starter kit that will be given away at Fred Meyer in Redondo (25250 Pacific Hwy S.) during an event on June 14th that’s part of the Safe in the Sound campaign involving PSE and the Red Cross, among others.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Disaster drill at Ercolini Park http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-disaster-drill-at-ercolini-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-disaster-drill-at-ercolini-park/#comments Sun, 18 May 2014 06:22:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273753

The volunteers of West Seattle Be Prepared are more prepared than ever after today’s emergency-communications drill at Ercolini Park west of The Junction. WSBP’s Karen Berge shared these photos, and reports, “Fortunately, the weather was nice and we had a great turnout of volunteers and people who stopped by to ask about what we were doing!” In case you missed the preview, they were acting out what might happen in the event of a major Mount Rainier ash/mudflow, and how the neighborhood “hubs” (explained here) would communicate and cooperate. Ercolini and North Delridge hubs “activated” at the park for the drill, but volunteers from elsewhere helped, including Gordon Wiehler, Fauntleroy hub captain, who served as a radio operator at Ercolini

Alki hub captain Tony Fragada also served as a radio operator. At left in the next photo, debriefing post-drill, is Ercolini hub captain Kris Buitrago ):

The hubs are set to activate in case of catastrophe – and you’ll want to know where the nearest hub is, since it’ll be a place to go to find information and seek help. Here’s the current West Seattle hub map:

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Along with Karen, fellow WSBP leaders Deb Greer and Cindi Barker were there, along with North Delridge hub captain Jay McNally; the EC Hughes hub’s acting captain Shane Marr was “offsite in the role of Net Control,” Karen mentions. You can find out more about WSBP at tomorrow’s Seattle Summer Streets event on Alki, 11 am-5 pm – look for them toward the west side of the street-fest zone, between 61st and 63rd.

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Turn it off! Free mini-workshop on Sunday to help you handle utilities post-disaster http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/turn-it-off-free-mini-workshop-on-sunday-to-help-you-handle-utilities-post-disaster/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/turn-it-off-free-mini-workshop-on-sunday-to-help-you-handle-utilities-post-disaster/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 22:13:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273632 The p-word – preparedness – is big around here. We know it’s tough to take time to plan or learn something you hope to never have to use – but this Sunday, if you can spare *half an hour*, it’ll be well worth it. A free city-presented mini-workshop at Southwest Branch Library will teach you what you need to know about handling household utilities in case of disaster, 1:40-2 pm:

In just 30 minutes, find out how to safely power down your household electric panel and how and when to turn off your natural gas at the meter. Join us for hands-on practice using real equipment and pick up other tips on how to secure your household water supply. Class is free, no RSVP. Come one and all.

The SW Library is at 35th/Henderson.

P.S. Also in the preparedness vein – remember that local volunteers are having a drill at Ercolini Park tomorrow morning (9-noon), so don’t be startled if you happen onto it!

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What if? West Seattle preparedness, communications volunteers to join in citywide Mt. Rainier-scenario disaster drill this Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/what-if-west-seattle-preparedness-communications-volunteers-to-join-in-citywide-mt-rainier-scenario-disaster-drill-this-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/what-if-west-seattle-preparedness-communications-volunteers-to-join-in-citywide-mt-rainier-scenario-disaster-drill-this-saturday/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 22:30:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273178

Seen hazily in the distance from a ferry this morning, Mount Rainier was beautiful … yet always, also, vaguely ominous. It’s a volcano. And it’s NOT extinct. So … what if? That’s the scenario for a disaster drill coming up this Saturday morning (May 17th, 9 am-noon), involving West Seattle preparedness volunteers and others around the area. Local activity will be focused at Ercolini Park west of The Junction and at American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle. As officially announced:

Neighborhood emergency preparedness groups across Seattle assisted by amateur radio emergency communicators will test skills Saturday in an exercise based on a simulated major mudflow and ash release from Mt. Rainier. This exercise titled “Mud and Ash Everywhere” is the spring version of this semiannual event. The goal of this exercise is to practice preparedness and response actions that will contribute to community resiliency in surviving a significant disaster.

An estimated 150 people from disaster preparedness groups and volunteer response teams including ham radio emergency communications teams will participate in the event. The amateur radio teams are sponsored and trained by the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. Their purpose is to provide emergency communications when cell and landline phones become overloaded or damaged due to catastrophic events.

The scenario for the event is based on the Mount Rainier mudflow of 5,600 years ago in which more than ½ a cubic mile of hydrothermally altered volcanic debris were shed by the volcano reached prehistoric Elliott Bay. This event was 200 times the size of the Oso Landslide. An analogous disaster in Columbia in November 1985 took the lives of 25,000 people burying all valley floor structures under more than 20 feet of mud a distance of many miles from the Nevado del Ruiz volcano.

The Columbia event started with an ash release that melted ice near the summit of the volcano. Just as in the Oso Landslide, the addition of water resulted in decreased cohesion of sediments, increased unit weight and increased lubricity of the resulting slurry. This exercise includes ash and will feature failures of the power system due to ash-induced flashovers and the failure of motors and bearings due to abrasive effects of ash. Additionally, cooling of electronics and ventilation will be impacted by the plugging of filters by ash. The last time our region experienced a significant ash event was the May 1981 catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens; the last significant release of ash from Mount Rainier was in 1854. This is essentially yesterday when viewed with the perspective of the geologic time scale..

Responding to Saturday’s simulated disaster event are community volunteers forming neighborhood “Hubs”. Participants have practiced solving neighborhood problems that could occur during a disaster, responding to needs affecting life and property, sharing community resources, and reporting simulated emergency messages to the Seattle Office of Emergency Management using ham radio.

“In a real event, information communicated by ham radio from the Hubs could be used by City response planners to help assess conditions throughout the city and develop response plans”, said Cindi Barker, a member of the design team for the exercise. Exercise designers have built in some twists and turns involving communications networks and several challenging issues at Hub sites which will develop during the three hour training event.

These exercises provide an opportunity for preparedness newcomers to work alongside their more experienced neighbors to gain experience and learn skills. “It’s all about neighbors helping neighbors” said Carl Leon, one of the drill organizers. “We set up neighborhood Hubs where people can come to get information and share resources or skills to help those that have been affected”.

Seattle Auxiliary Communication Services (ACS) amateur radio teams will set up portable, battery powered radio networks at neighborhood Hub sites providing communication links with the City and to other Hubs. Messages will be transmitted on ham radio systems using both voice and digital formats. Computers are connected to send and receive e-mail like documents and images.

Participating Hub locations include Broadview, Capitol Hill, Lake City, Loyal Heights, Magnolia, Maple Leaf, Queen Anne, Shilshole, Wedgwood, and West Seattle’s Ercolini Park. The West Seattle ACS Field Team will be at American Legion Post 160. All Hub locations welcome visitors and people who would like to learn and participate in emergency neighborhood preparedness during this drill.

For more information about preparedness – please visit:
Seattle Emergency Management: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/default.htm
Community Emergency Hubs: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/prepare/community/

For more information about amateur radio – please visit:
Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service: http://www.seattleacs.com
Western Washington Medical Service Team: http://ww7mst.org
ARRL the national association for Amateur Radio: http://arrl.org/
For information about the neighborhood Hubs: http://www.seattlehubs.org

And for West Seattle-specific information, it’s westseattlebeprepared.org.

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Take a few minutes to help make sure Seattle’s ready for anything http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/take-a-few-minutes-to-help-make-sure-seattles-ready-for-anything/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/take-a-few-minutes-to-help-make-sure-seattles-ready-for-anything/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:01:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268976 As the Snohomish County slide disaster reminds us, lives can be changed or ended in an instant, without warning. In some cases, preparedness wouldn’t have made a difference. But in many, it can. If you can spare five minutes right now, for starters, you can make a difference – West Seattle community advocate Mat McBride, who also happens to be a private-sector preparedness professional, explains:

While Oso has our collective attention, there’s a local preparedness initiative happening. I’m part of the team updating Seattle’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, and the public feedback portion is underway. This is an important process, as it helps the Office of Emergency Management identify the priorities from its key stakeholders – us. There are two opportunities at present:

* Take the online survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SeaHazMitSurvey. It takes all of 5 minutes to lock in West Seattle concerns and priorities.

* Attend the public meeting: April 8 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. South Seattle

Interpretation and accommodations are available upon advance request to Donna Voss, Project Manager, at (206) 233-5089 or by email at:

The survey took us just four minutes – its centerpiece is a list in which you can rate your level of concern about types of disaster both natural and man-made.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Emergency communicators @ SSCC http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-emergency-communicators-sscc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-emergency-communicators-sscc/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:37:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268452

Big event under way all weekend at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) – the annual Communications Academy for volunteer emergency communicators, though, as evidenced by what we spotted outside, you’ll find lots of professionals there too. They include today’s keynoter Bill Schrier, the West Seattleite who is the former Seattle city IT boss and now works in the state’s CIO office – he tweeted from the event:

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West Seattle seismographs show 6.9 earthquake off California http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-seismographs-show-6-9-earthquake-off-california/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-seismographs-show-6-9-earthquake-off-california/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:27:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=267179

You might have heard by now about the 6.9-magnitude earthquake off the far-northern California coast a little more than an hour ago. It could be seen on at least two official seismographs in West Seattle that are part of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network – above, the online display from the detector at the Alki stormwater-treatment plant; below, the one at Holy Rosary (which is a bit busier):

So far, no word of notable damage from the 10:18 pm quake 50 miles west of Eureka, California, according to former WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams, who lives and works there now. For us, yet another wakeup call – do you have your go bag? Know where your communication hub is? Browse westseattlebeprepared.org next time you can spare a few minutes.

P.S. Thanks to Skies Over West Seattle correspondent Alice Enevoldsen for the tip about the local seismographs,

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