Watch or join the citywide Tabletop Exercise on November 14th!

As you may have noted on our West Seattle Be Prepared calendar, there will be another citywide exercise on November 14th!

This will be an indoor Tabletop Exercise focused on hub volunteers. It runs from 9 AM until NOON at the Verity Credit Union in north Seattle.

You are invited to watch or participate in various ways. See our full calendar listing here or view the attached flyer, Tabletop for Volunteer mgmt Nov 14 2015 (.pdf format), for more details.

This will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about how emergency communication hubs will function during an emergency. FYI, prior to the tabletop exercise, you can learn more about hub operations and roles in the About the Hubs section of our website.

Tabletop exercise informational flyer

Participate in a Citywide Tabletop Exercise on November 14th!


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Procrastinators: listen up! Preparedness classes fill up fast!

Just a reminder that I’ve seen several “Session Full” notations for some of the upcoming emergency preparedness classes, including the free Earthquake Retrofit class scheduled here for November 4th, and some of the sessions at the free UW lecture series,  Surviving Disaster: Natural Hazards & Resilient Communities

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The Great Washington ShakeOut is tomorrow, October 15th!

Take a few minutes tomorrow morning at 10:15 to participate in the Shakeout Washington earthquake safety drill!  Over a million Washingtonians have already registered to participate.

Why ShakeOut? Practicing your response skills it a good way to ensure that you can react more quickly during an actual emergency. As well, it can be helpful to evaluate the locations where you typically spend your time to make sure that you can take safe action if an earthquake occurs while you are there. It provides an opportunity to discuss earthquake preparedness with those around you!

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Fall preparedness events for your calendar!

Fall isn’t quite here yet, but we can feel it approaching!

To help you prepare, we’ve just added a few fall preparedness events to our event calendar, (which you can find on the home page of our West Seattle Be Prepared website). Highlights include:

Fauntleroy Fall FestivalOctober 11th, Sunday, 2 – 5 PM: We will have an informational booth at this great neighborhood event. Pick up our new Hub Postcard Maps and other useful materials!

West Seattle Be Prepared graphic with URL

Surviving Disaster: Natural Hazards & Resilient Communities (UW lecture series): This free series will run on five consecutive Tuesday evenings starting October 13th. See our earlier post for details.

Preparing for the Big One, new class offering from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, November 4th, 5:30 – 7 PM, at SW Branch Library. They also have listed a free Earthquake Home Retrofit class on October 11th, but it’s currently showing as full. FYI, their classes are free, but most require pre-registration. You can find more details and the Seattle OEM’s full schedule of classes here.

NOTE: If we’ve missed any West Seattle preparedness events, please let us know so we can add them to our West Seattle Be Prepared event calendar! Although September is National Preparedness Month, we didn’t find any local events to note here.

We did notice the joint Oregon Emergency Management Association (OEMA) and Washington Emergency Management Association (WSEMA) conference starts on September 21st in Vancouver, WA.  Looks like an interesting agenda.

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Free lecture series announced! Surviving Disaster: Natural Hazards and Resilient Communities

The UW Alumni Association has recently announced the lineup and opened registration for their free fall lecture series, Surviving Disaster: Natural Hazards & Resilient Communities.

Natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and hurricanes threaten lives and livelihoods across the globe. This series will explore the latest developments in social and natural science helping us prepare for, respond to and survive environmental disasters, wherever they strike.

Of special interest, earthquake expert, Professor John Vidale, will present the final session, “A tale of three Seattle temblors: One big, one deep and one direct hit” on November 10, 2015.

Here’s the full list of speakers and lecture dates,

The sessions run on 5 consecutive Tuesdays, from October 13th through November 10th. All lectures take place at 7:30 PM, at Kane Hall, 4069 Spokane Lane, Seattle, WA 98105.

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You’re invited to a presentation tonight about the Oso Landslide!

We’ve just learned that there are still seats available at tonight’s free presentation about the Oso landslide, so the invitation is being extended more broadly. Details are in the attached flyer, SR 530 Landslide Tom Richardson 8-27-2015.

flyer for SR 530 Oso Landslide presentation

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Tomorrow is Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic!

We always look forward to Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic! Tomorrow, Saturday, August 8th, will be the 3rd year that these two wonderful annual events will be held in combination on the grounds of the Delridge Community Center from 11 AM – 3 PM.

Come enjoy wonderful music, free ice cream, food, action at the Delridge Skatepark, and other activities – especially activities for kids!

This is also a great opportunity to learn more about our local West Seattle community. Look for us among the many exhibitors, vendors and community groups. This is our (West Seattle Be Prepared‘s) last scheduled community outreach event for the summer, so stop by to learn more about our organization and pick up free printed materials!

Did you know that we have UPDATED HUB MAPS?

updated hub map postcard, front side

We also still have free coloring books about emergency preparedness for kids of varying ages and a wide assortment of disaster-related informational materials from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, many of them available in multiple languages.

We hope to see you there!

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