A new hub is on the agenda! Meet tonight at 6:30 PM!

Apologies for the late notice, but we just learned that discussion and planning for a new hub in the Alaska Junction neighborhood is on the agenda at tonight’s JUNO (Junction Neighborhood Organization) meeting.

You’ll find more details in this announcement on the West Seattle Blog. The meeting will be held today (Tuesday, October 21st), 6:30 PM, at the West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon Street.

Interested in learning more about hubs? Visit the About section of our West Seattle Be Prepared website.

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Seattle Community Hubs win Community Preparedness award!

We’re excited! The citywide Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs have won the 2014 King County Executive’s Award for Community Preparedness! Previous winners include VashonBePrepared, the Renton Emergency Communications Services and the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council.

As we’ve mentioned previously, there are now 50+ hub locations throughout Seattle. Our West Seattle Emergency Communication Hub network with its 12 hub locations is part of this citywide community-based effort. Want to learn more or get involved? The About the Hubs section of our website has useful maps as well as information.

The award will be presented tomorrow, October 2nd, by King County Executive, Dow Constantine. It will be held at 1 PM in West Seattle at the Fauntleroy Church (where hub #8 is located). If you’d like to attend, you’ll find more details in the following press release.

Press release about the King County Executive's award for Community Preparedness

Press release about the King County Executive’s award for Community Preparedness


Added, 10/2/14:  Here are links to coverage of the award presentation by the West Seattle Blog and the West Seattle Herald.

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It’s October! What’s on your calendar?

We have a few items and events to tell you (or remind you) about.

10/3, Friday:  Last day to provide feedback on the Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM) All-Hazards Mitigation Plan.

10/3, Friday: Last day to register for the fall CERT training offered by the Seattle OEM.

10/4, Saturday, 11 – 1 PM:  Earthquake Home Retrofit class at the West Seattle Library; you can find the full schedule of classes here.

10/16, Thursday, 10:16 AM:  ShakeOut 2014

10/17, Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM:  Washington Community Innovation Summit

10/19, Sunday, 2:00 – 5:00 PM:  Fauntleroy Fall Fest. We’ll be doing outreach at this great annual event. Stop by to pick up updated hub maps!

10/28, Tuesday, 8 – 4:30 PM: King County Emergency Planning Institute – workshop.

You’ll find details about each of these events in our West Seattle Be Prepared Event Calendar! You’ll also find information about our weekly radio check-in’s there.


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National Disaster Preparedness Month wraps up!

National Preparedness Month wraps up today. We hope you’ve taken the opportunity (before winter weather arrives) to take some additional steps toward preparedness.

Even though National Preparedness Month is ending, you can continue to find useful resources including free publications on FEMA’s website, http://www.ready.gov/!  Be sure to check out their preparedness month information, online discussions and Community of Practice groups if you haven’t done so yet.

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Registration for fall CERT training in West Seattle is now open!

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management announced today that registration for their Fall 2014 CERT training class is now open. Applications are due on or before Friday, October 3rd.

You’ll find the full announcement with the class schedule, CERT application form and registration details below.


The Seattle Office of Emergency Management is taking applications for the Fall CERT Training Course.

About CERT

Following a major disaster, emergency services that people have come to rely on will be overwhelmed and unable to meet the increased demand.  The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training is a series of courses that are intended to prepare people to take action in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.  The training is a combination of skills based classes that will teach participants about Fire Suppression, Utility Control, Light Search and Rescue and Disaster First Aid, in addition to basic tenants of Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Response.

Because CERT training is designed so each class builds on the previous one, it is important that participants be available to attend all of the classes. All classes will be held at South Seattle College.  The schedule for the upcoming CERT class is as follows:

The schedule for the upcoming CERT class is as follows:

Saturday,            October 25, 2014                 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday             November 1, 2014               8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday             November 8, 2014              8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Due to high demand for the class, we have changed our registration process and are now taking applications. Our goal is to ensure CERT graduates are geographically distributed across the city. If you are interested attending CERT training please fill out the application attached below and return it to SNAP@seattle.gov or FAX it to 206-684-5998 by Friday, October 3rd, 2014. Those selected for the class will be notified no later than Friday, October 10th, 2014. We will establish a waiting list that will be used ONLY for this class.

To learn more about the CERT program you can visit their website at http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/about.shtm. If you have any difficulty viewing or completing this form (in Microsoft Word .doc format) please email SNAP@seattle.gov.

CERT_application – fall2014

To find information about CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training being offered in other communities; visit the page linked below and type your zip code into the search tool: http://www.citizencorps.fema.gov/cc/searchCert.do?submitByZip. Nearby communities such as Tukwila, SeaTac, and Burien also offer this training.

Added 9/26/14: For additional training opportunities, visit the West Seattle Be Prepared Training & Education page. You can find the Seattle Office of Emergency Management event calendar here.

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Emergency Communication Hubs highlighted by Microsoft

We’re excited to report that West Seattle Be Prepared received some visibility with a new audience this month; our West Seattle emergency communication hubs are featured on the Microsoft Disaster Response Blog.

We met several weeks ago for an interview with the Microsoft Disaster Response team and in turn learned about Microsoft’s efforts to support communities in time of disaster.

Our West Seattle hub network now includes 12 hub locations; you can visit the About the Hubs section of our website to learn everything there is to know about our hubs!

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As National Preparedness Month continues…

Don’t overlook the Seattle Public Library as a source of information about disaster preparedness! We noticed this wall of resource materials at the High Point branch this week.

Disaster Preparedness Resources at the High Point branch of the Seattle Public Library

Disaster Preparedness Resources at the High Point branch of the Seattle Public Library

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