It was great to see a full turnout at yesterday’s Hub Summit at the Seattle Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The focus on Peer-to-Peer Preparedness brought together attendees who are involved in Block Watch, SNAP, CERT and/or emergency communication hubs from throughout the city; as well as others whose work involves disaster preparedness from the city and Red Cross.
The keynote presentation by author Sandi Doughton set the stage for discussion. She referenced her experience and research for her book, as well as the recently released “Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquakes: A Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake Scenario” by CREW (Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup).
One of the summit highlights was a break-out session based on geographic location. Participants from West Seattle and South Park were able to meet each other, note concerns about weak points and vulnerabilities, and share information about potential partnerships and resources. We plan to incorporate many of the ideas that came out of this meeting into our website and informational materials, as well as our group’s future plans.
Summit organizers included Cindi Barker from our West Seattle group, Ashley Hill from Red Cross, and hub organizers from throughout Seattle. Speakers included Grant Tietje (Seattle Office of Emergency Management), Deborah Greer (West Seattle Be Prepared and the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network), Cheryl Dyer (Ballard Prepares), Carl Leon (Broadview Prepares) and Cindi Barker (West Seattle Be Prepared).
Seattle now has 37 hub locations (11 in West Seattle); 5 more will be coming online soon! Visit the About the Hubs section of our website to learn more!