Coronavirus – safety guidance for helping neighbors

Below are three informational documents that were shared with Cindi Barker, our Emergency Communication Hubs Coordinator.

Guidance for checking on neighbors outlines how people can more safely help their neighbors. Tom Van Bronkhorst of Dept of Neighborhoods coordinated this through the Public Health liaison at the city’s Emergency Operations Center, so it’s been vetted.

Sanitize and Disinfect Guidance and Food Safety Guidance are two informational pieces that Debra Baker at Public Health Seattle and King Country sent to us as a follow-up to our virtual meeting about Coronavirus Resources.



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Novel Coronavirus Resources

Although it’s been a while since we’ve updated this blog or our website, we wanted to reassure you that the Hub Captains and other volunteers — here in West Seattle and across the City of Seattle — are still very much engaged in helping our community be prepared, resourceful and resilient.

Last evening, over 40 of us met VIRTUALLY with a representative from the Community Mitigation branch of Public Health Seattle & King County/to learn more about how we can help slow or stop the spread of this virus, and safely help those in our community who fall ill.

We also wanted to share a few local and national resources here and encourage all of you to share information with your friends, families, neighbors and others — and do what you can to dispel any misinformation.

Public Health Seattle & King County — Latest information and recommendations about all things related to the Coronavirus. Note that they have established a Call Center for individuals as well as one for health care providers who have questions.

West Seattle Blog — This link to their ongoing coverage of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak includes video from yesterday’s press conference by Governor Inslee and other leaders, as well as past and future stories relating to the virus.

Mayor Durkan’s Blog —  Mayor Durkan’s blog post of March 10th visually articulates the strategy being taken here and tangible steps we can each take to mitigate the impacts.

Center for Disease Control website — Provides a national perspective and information about the Coronavirus.

World Health Organization — Offers the worldwide perspective and rolling updates about the Coronavirus.

West Seattle Be Prepared Facebook group — We want to remind you of this resource! Some of the resources listed here were originally shared by members there. Feel free to share additional information and insights, and pose any questions that you may have.


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Who’s shakin’ on October 17th?

Me! You! Everyone!

Mark your calendars for 10/17 at 10:17 AM for the 2019 Great Washington Shake Out. Over a million Washingtonians have already registered to participate!

This annual earthquake preparedness exercise offers an easy opportunity for hands-on practice of Drop-Cover-Hold wherever you are that morning. It is also a wonderful entry point for broader discussion and thought about how you might respond if an earthquake strikes while you were at home, school, work, or somewhere else. 

If you can’t take part on October 17th at 10:17 for some reason, you can arrange to practice at another time. Visit the website linked above for more details and informational resources.

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Volunteer opportunities!

The Seattle Office of emergency Management (OEM) is looking for community members within each of the seven Seattle Council Districts to serve as Emergency Preparedness Educators.

Full Volunteer Position Description:

Volunteer Services Application:

For more information, contact Carrie Brazil, Volunteer Coordinator,

FYI, several of the Hub Captains from neighborhoods outside of West Seattle do this. They note that the curriculum includes some information about the emergency communication hubs.

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Free Training: October 21st, 10 to noon, Planning for Animals in a Disaster

The flyer and information below are for an upcoming training session on disaster response around animals. While we do not have existing standing teams specific to Seattle, this presentation will cover what is being done in King county.

Animal Planning Training flyer (.pdf file)



WHEN October 21, 2019 10am – 12pm

WHERE King County Office of Emergency Management (3511 NE 2nd St, Renton, WA 98056)  or Skype option

PRESENTED BY  Dick Green, Senior Director, Disaster Response  Tim Perciful, Manager, Disaster Response  ASPCA


Regional Animal Services of King County

Contact: Marcy Goldstone 206-485-6394 or  Tim Anderson 206-263-5939


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Don’t miss our Urban Survival Skills Fair on Saturday, August 10th, at Delridge Day!

The Delridge Day festival runs from 11 until 3 at the Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW).

This wonderful annual community festival highlights local organizations and has a strong focus on community safety. The SW Police Precinct will host their annual Precinct Picnic, so free food will be part of the fun!

Here’s an overview of this year’s festival highlights. 

We hope to see you there!

Urban Survival Skills Fair banner


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Two more opportunities to learn Urban Survival Skills (and have fun)!

Have you glanced at our calendar lately? We’ve recently added two more Urban Survival Skills Fair sessions!

The first, a Mini-Urban Survival Skills Fair at Field Day will be on Saturday, June 22nd from 11 until 3Visit 5+ stations to learn skills related to Utilities, Water Sanitation, Making Toilets, Smartphone Apps, and Pet Preparedness. We’ll also have information about the emergency communication hubs; and personal, family and community preparedness. Field Day is a joint ACS / West Seattle Radio Club / PSRG (Puget South Repeater Group) event. It’s held at South Seattle College on the large field to the south of Olympic Hall. Come see the ACS team and other radio groups from throughout the greater Seattle area…as well as learn new urban survival skills! 

The second, Urban Survival Skills Fair at Delridge Day will be on August 10th from 11 until 3. This will be a larger Skills Fair, similar to the one we held at this year’s West Seattle Bee Festival. Delridge Day is hosted by VieWS, and is held at the Delridge Community Center playfield. This annual festival features live music, as well as a Vendor Fair!

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