November preparedness classes!

As October wraps up, we wanted to remind you that the Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s  free fall classes continue through November.

Starting this weekend, November 1st & 2nd, you can learn how to store emergency drinking water or perform an earthquake retrofit on  your home.  You can find the full schedule of emergency preparedness classes here. We’ve attached the informational flyer we received earlier this year below.

Seattle Office of Emergency & Management  schedule of free classes workshops

Seattle Office of Emergency & Management schedule of free classes workshops

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Woo hoo! West Seattle Be Prepared has 600+ Facebook members !

We noticed today that we now have over 600 members in our Facebook group group! If you aren’t yet one of them, please consider joining us there.

We are on Twitter as well, @westseattlebeprepared; please follow us!

You’ll find more details on our About page if you need help to get started. If you are already on Facebook and Twitter, search for West Seattle Be Prepared or follow the links on this page.

We are excited to see our online community grow — we hope you’ll be part of it!!!

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Seattle ACS invites you to Damage Assessment training

Following a major earthquake or similar disaster, will you be able to recognize which buildings are safe? If not, you’re invited to attend training on Saturday, October 25th:

Seattle ACS will be presenting a class on Damage Assessment at the monthly meeting next Saturday October 25th at South Seattle Community College, Olympic Hall, Room 101.  Arrive after 8:30, training runs from 9 am to noon.  Hub volunteers are welcome to attend.

Carl Leon
Training Director, Seattle ACS



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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,!  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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