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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National Disaster Preparedness Month – Small Business Preparedness!

FB_Tw_profilepic_v4We neglected to post this during Week 2 (our apologies…but perhaps a good reason to sign-up yourselves, if you haven’t done so already).

The following, Be Disaster Aware: Protecting Your Business, is an important message that we don’t often hear. Protecting digital data and taking other precautions is important for all of us. We’ve attached it in .pdf format here (National Preparedness Month – Protecting Your Business) and as a graphic below.

National Preparedness Month, Be Disaster Aware: Protecting Your Business

National Preparedness Month, Be Disaster Aware: Protecting Your Business

 

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National Disaster Preparedness Month – mid-month check-in!

FB_Tw_profilepic_v4We are now beginning Week 3 of National Preparedness Month. It seems to be going fast!

We joined the online preparedness community at the beginning of the month and have seen lots of useful information, resources and ideas put forward so far.

The following, Be Disaster Aware: Pets & Animals, is especially worth highlighting here since our pets depend on us for the most basic of needs. We’ve attached it in .pdf format here (National Preparedness Month 2014 – pet preparedness ) and as a graphic below. Don’t miss the opportunity to view the Google Hangout hosted by the ASPCA on September 18th! National Preparedness Month, Be Disaster Aware: Pets & Amimals

National Preparedness Month, Be Disaster Aware: Pets & Amimals

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Opportunity to provide feedback and share your opinions!

Earlier this spring, the Seattle Office of Emergency Management conducted a survey to gather feedback on the current Seattle All-Hazard Mitigation Plan. Now, you have an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the draft of the updated plan.

Here’s the announcement from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management.

SNAP Announcement: What is Seattle doing to reduce hazard risks? Review our plan!

We want to hear from you! The Seattle Office of Emergency Management has released the draft update to the Seattle All-Hazards Mitigation Plan for public review. The updated plan has incorporated community input collected this spring to help identify hazards, assess risks, and select mitigation strategies. The resulting ‘blue print’ will help guide future mitigation planning in the city.

For access to the plan (PDF) and a jump-start presentation (PDF) to help guide your review, please visit the Seattle Office of Emergency Management website: www.seattle.gov/emergency. This plan will be available for review from September 5 to October, 3 2014.

Please submit your comments by October 3, 2014:

What you think matters to us. With your participation we can best plan for hazards and take actions to reduce the impacts when hazards strike. Thank you!

You can find background and context on the All-Hazards Mitigation Plan update, including a link to the current plan here.

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Upcoming workshops and classes!

We received an updated schedule this week from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management of their free SNAP Shot workshops and Earthquake Home Retrofit classes. Two are in West Seattle:

9/21,  1:30 to 2 PM,  Pet Preparedness workshop at the SW Library.

10/4, 11 AM to 1 PM,  Earthquake Home Retrofit at the WS Library.

The complete schedule is attached as a .pdf file (2014 – Fall Schedule) and embedded below.

Seattle Office of Emergency & Management  schedule of free classes workshops

Seattle Office of Emergency & Management schedule of free classes workshops

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management also recently announced a series of emergency preparedness trainings at 9 different P-Patch community gardens in Southeast Seattle. These P-Patches serve as community hubs; more details about the training sessions is attached here, Release OEM_P_Patch Trainings 2014_2.

Note that the Seattle Office of Emergency Management has not yet published their schedule of CERT classes and Skills Training (Disaster First Aid, Light Search and Rescue). You can visit their site to check for updates to their event calendar  and additional information.

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September is National Disaster Preparedness Month!

FB_Tw_profilepic_v4There are lots of ways and resources to help you take steps toward getting prepared. It can seem overwhelming, so this month we will highlight the preparedness steps from FEMA’s Ready.gov 5-week program to help you get prepared. This is Week 1…let’s get started together!

Week 1 – How to Reconnect with Family after a Disaster

What happens if a disaster occurs in our area and the telephone and cell phone networks are wiped out? Where do you meet your family? What if that area needs to be evacuated? Do you have rendezvous points that are predetermined? Do you have an out-of-town contact?

You can create a plan with your family by going to http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan or you can do one with your kids by going to http://www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan.

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