Are you ready? Emergency Communication Hubs earthquake-aftermath drill Saturday – and you can help

You’ve heard it many times – The Big One is a matter of when, not if. So, are you ready in case of a major earthquake? Part of the preparedness is knowing where your nearest Emergency Communication Hub is:

The hubs are gathering places where you’ll be able to get and share information if the regular means of communication become inoperable/inaccessible in the wake of a quake (or other major disaster). The Hubs are run by volunteers, and they welcome your help during a drill this Saturday (July 29th) that will include the activation of hubs around the city, including three in West Seattle. Here’s the official announcement, which explains the scenario:

The exercise imagines that a catastrophic earthquake hit the Puget Sound area mid-day on Monday, July 24th, causing major damage to infrastructure and widespread casualties. For the Hubs and Spokes drill, it is now the morning of July 29th — day 6 of the disaster. Despite several aftershocks, many of the major infrastructural problems have received initial treatment from City departments, so attention is now being directed to neighborhood needs.

In this type of disaster, the neighborhood Hubs would mobilize immediately to assist with the immediate needs of residents, especially those not reached by regular emergency services. However, as the days after the event go by, as simulated in this exercise, resources may run low and volunteer availability and energy will flag.

The three hubs participating in West Seattle on Saturday are:

Alaska Junction – Hope Lutheran Church: 4456 42nd Ave SW
High Point – Neighborhood House: 6400 Sylvan Way SW
E.C. Hughes Playground – 29th Ave SW & SW Holden

You are welcome to show up (starting at 8 am) to be part of the drill as a “citizen actor” – you’ll be assigned a role to play. You’re also welcome to stop by at any point during the 8 am-1 pm exercise to observe, and to learn.

3 Replies to "Are you ready? Emergency Communication Hubs earthquake-aftermath drill Saturday - and you can help"

  • Matt S. July 25, 2017 (9:34 pm)

    Wait a minute, I thought it was a matter of when, not if. Is that a typo or have I gone and misunderstood?

    • WSB July 25, 2017 (9:39 pm)

      Yes, someone just was kind enough to point that out in e-mail and I am jumping in to fix. Thanks.

  • Mark July 26, 2017 (6:29 pm)

    I know I’m not as prepared as I should be.  Keeping several days of bottled water at a bare minimum.  Canned and other food such as cereals are shelf stable.  

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