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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Want information? New emergency alerts are coming!

I’m sure many of you have seen this week’s New Yorker article, The Earthquake that Will Devastate Seattle. The vivid scenario described in the article has prompted lots of discussion about what would happen here and potential ways to mitigate the many impacts that a large earthquake would have.

On the heels of this discussion, we received an announcement from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management about the rollout of AlertSeattle, their new emergency alert service. Here is an excerpt:

AlertSeattle is a free service that allows you to sign up online to receive customized alerts by text messages, email, voice message and on social media (Facebook and Twitter)

Emergency alerts are sent when there is a significant risk to life and/or property, at any time of day.

You can find out more at and in this CityStream video.

screenshot of new AlertSeattle site


This will be a welcome addition to existing emergency preparedness resources, which include King County’s RPIN (Regional Public Information Network), a very useful regional alert system.

Screenshot of RPIN website


FYI, the New Yorker article has stirred up discussion on our West Seattle Be Prepared page on Facebook), as well as on other sites. There are some excellent, informative responses to it from local earthquake experts including those at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. Their Facebook group (ThePNSN) always has relevant, useful content; the scientists on that forum take the time to answer questions and explain seismic events.

On the subject of emergency alerts, I wanted to mention that the PNSN scientists are developing and testing an actual Earthquake Early Warning System that would detect the earliest shaking and provide some time to react. This would certainly help immensely if we do have a huge earthquake.

I’m heartened to see all of the new tools and apps rolling out, as well as all of the emergency planning work going on. While a significant quake could indeed devastate the Seattle area, taking steps to understand the dangers, gather information, plan and prepare will help us be more resilient.

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Pick up new hub maps next Saturday at Summer Fest!

As promised, we’ve added a few more details to our earlier post about upcoming events! The main one is that we’ll be at Summer Fest on Saturday, July 11th from 2 to 6 PM. Look for us in the Community Tent, right next to the south wall of Easy Street Records (intersection of SW Alaska Street & California Avenue SW).

We will have kid’s items (bags, stickers, coloring books), as well as useful information for grown-ups. Most importantly, we’ll have our new West Seattle Emergency Communication Hub postcard maps (shown below).

Why new maps? We added a new hub  earlier this year, and relocated several of the original hubs recently, hence the updated maps.

updated hub map postcard, front side


updated hub map postcard, back side

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Happy Summer! We’ve updated our event calendar!

Summer activities and outreach events start this weekend! We’ve just added the following to our event calendar, which is linked from the home page on our West Seattle Be Prepared website.

June 20th, Saturday, Morgan Junction Community Festival: We will have an informational booth at this great neighborhood event. Look for us between 10:30 AM and 4 PM. You can pick up free coloring books and other useful materials!


July 10th – 12th (Friday – Sunday): We’ll be at Summer Fest again this year. We will not be there the entire weekend, so will post details about our schedule and location once our plans are finalized. [Update: we’ll be in the Community Tent on Saturday, July 11th, from 2  to 6 PM.]  This is another opportunity to pick up emergency preparedness materials from us, as well as ask questions or just say hi. We’ve ordered a new batch of Hub Postcard Maps that will literally be “hot off the press!”

August 4th, Tuesday, — NIGHT OUT!  Registration is open for Seattle’s 31st annual Night Out Against Crime. Night Out is a wonderful way to connect with your neighbors, who during an emergency may become your first responders.

August 8th, Saturday — Delridge Day & the SW Precinct Picnic: We’ll have an info booth again this year. Stop by between 11 AM and 3 PM! It will be held at the Delridge Community Center.

NOTE: We may continue to update this list – especially to add event flyers and links to additional info as they become available – so check back. If we’ve missed anything, please let us know.

FYI, we checked the Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s calendar of classes, at the moment there is nothing scheduled  in West Seattle. You can find their full schedule of classes here.

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West Seattle has another new hub on the map!

Last fall and winter we mentioned that the agenda for the JuNO (Junction Neighborhood Organization) meeting included discussion about forming another hub in the Junction neighborhood. Fast forward to last month, when volunteers stepped forward from this new hub to participate in the citywide emergency communication drill!

Now that they’ve had some practice, we’ve added them to our map (below)! You’ll find this newest hub, #13, at Hope Lutheran Church (4456 42nd Ave SW, at SW Oregon Street).

West Seattle hubs map

West Seattle emergency communication hubs map (updated, June 2015)

We’re updating our other informational materials, as well! We’ll have printed materials soon, but meanwhile here’s a printable .pdf version of our updated Hubs postcard.

Keep in mind that you can find lots of additional and more detailed information about the emergency communication hubs in the About the Hubs section of our website. Get in touch with our group if you’re interested in establishing a new hub in your neighborhood.


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Wondering where to get CERT training?

certlogoWe recently learned that the City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management has cancelled their CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training classes for 2015. We were quite surprised by this announcement, as their program was relatively new; it launched in the fall of 2011. Several members of our West Seattle Be Prepared group, as well as some of the hub captains from other Seattle neighborhoods, felt lucky to be part of the first “pilot” class of Seattle CERT graduates.

Cancellation of Seattle’s CERT training for 2015 now raises the question about other nearby locations where CERT classes are offered. If you are interested in CERT training, you can find info on the King Country OEM website here. As well, visit the FEMA website, which has additional information about CERT here, including a zipcode-based search.

CERT classes are skills-based; they include hands-on training in Light Search and Rescue, Disaster First Aid, Controlling Utilities, and other information that can help you help others following a major disaster.

We’ll close by noting that the annual CERT Expo is coming up on August 15th at Renton Technical College. This is not the full program of CERT training classes, but rather an opportunity to learn and practice skills and connect with others who are involved in CERT.

Added 6/11/15:  I found this interesting article about CERT training in my newsfeed today. Nice job by a writer in Lake Oswego, Oregon; he provides some useful insights and perspective on this training and raises many relevant questions.

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