Happy Spring! Here are a few activities for your calendar!

We have a few items and events to tell you (or remind you) about. You’ll can also find details about most of these events on our West Seattle Be Prepared website.


3/25, Wednesday:  The 2nd Hub-a-Thon training event is this week.

3/28, Saturday, 9 AM – noon: free ACS Training (ham radio) at South Seattle College.

4/11 – 12, Saturday – Sunday: Communications Academy (ham radio) at South Seattle College.

4/14 – 16, Tuesday – Thursday: Partners in Preparedness Conference in Tacoma.

4/17-18, Friday-Saturday:  The aforementioned Hub-a-Thon takes place.

4/19, Sunday, 2 – 4 PM:  Free Earthquake Home Retrofit class at the West Seattle Library in Admiral; you can find the full schedule of classes here.

4/30: FEMA Preparathon events – more details to come.

5/2, Saturday, 2 – 4 PM:  Free Earthquake Home Retrofit class at the High Point Library at 35th and Raymond; you can find the full schedule of classes here.

5/9, Saturday, 5 – 9 PM: Citywide emergency communication drill with hubs, ACS and various organizations; this will be the first drill conducted in the dark.

5/16, Saturday, 11 AM – 2 PM: Bee Festival in High Point – outreach event for us.

NOTE: We have not included all of the community events at which we’ll be doing outreach here, and we also have not included our weekly radio check-in’s that happen on Monday evenings. FYI, you’ll find those on our Event Calendar, which is on the home page of our site! We will continue to update as we hear about new events or receive more information.


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Hub-a-thon events coming up in March and April!

We have some preliminary information about the first-ever Seattle Hub-a-thon, which is coming up on April 17th and 18th!  There will also be two pre-event trainings on March 18th and 25th.  See the informational flyers below for details; we’ll post updates as we receive them. [Added 3/29/15: we’ve added their map-in-progress to our West Seattle Be Prepared website; you can find it on the Seattle Community Hubs (citywide) page.]

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Upcoming Ham radio training events this weekend!

Are you an experienced Ham operator or interested in becoming one? If so, we received the following announcements from Carl Leon with Seattle ACS (and Broadview Prepares) about two events that are happening this weekend.

For those who are have some ham experience or who are interested in hub communications.

Radio Protocols training by the ACS team, 9:00 am to noon at South Seattle (community) College, room 101 in Olympic Hall. Training will be on Voice Communications Protocols, Message numbering, and message logging and will include a practical session to get you used to passing and logging messages.  This will be a hands-on training that would benefit (GMRS) Hub radio operators as well as ham operators.  One of the items related to message numbering will include the hub message numbers (sector and hub designator format).

For those who want to earn a ham license.

There will be a Technician class amateur radio class and test in Ballard on February 21 and 28 (2 day class, 2 consecutive Saturdays). The group that does this class has had about a 95% success rate (pass rate) for people attending and taking the test. If you would like to take the class, contact Daniel Stevens, 206-228-9274 or by email at KL7WM@aol.com

If you are interested in either GMRS or Ham radio communications, a reminder that you can listen in or participate in weekly radio check-in sessions each Monday evening.  You’ll find more details here.




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Learn about social media use during disasters

Interested in learning ways to use Twitter and other social media as a resource during a disaster? If so, you can attend a free presentation tomorrow evening by Kate Starbird, UW Associate Professor, and Elodie Fichet from the City of Kirkland OEM.

This workshop will be held from 7 to 9 PM at the Seattle Emergency Operations Center, (105 5th Ave SW, at the corner of 5th Ave S and S Washington Street).

Flyer for social media in disasters workshop

Flyer for social media in disasters workshop

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Do you speak Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Chinese, Oromo, Tigrinya or Amharic?

If so, here are some ways that you can help others in our community who speak those languages prepare for emergencies. The Seattle Office of Emergency Management has just announced that they are looking for people who speak these languages to to provide training on emergency preparedness. Here is the full announcement.

We are looking for community members to provide trainings on emergency preparedness to immigrant, limited English speaking and refugee communities.

Who Are We Looking For?

Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Chinese, Oromo, Tigrinya and Amharic speakers

(Will consider other languages)

People with ability to speak and read English

People comfortable speaking in front of groups

What Does It Pay?

This is a vendor position with the city. Pay is $20 per hour.

Hours are part time as needed through August.

Will Training Be Provided?

Yes, once selected training will be provided.

How Do You Apply?

Contact Michell Mouton at michell.mouton@seattle.gov or 206-233-5094


Are you looking for emergency preparedness information in other languages?

If so, here are some other emergency preparedness resources for those who are not native English speakers.

Seattle Office of Emergency Management –  You can find translated materials online here, or contact them for printed materials.

Spanish Preparedness App – FEMA has recently launched a free Spanish-language papp with information on what people can do before, during, and after a disaster to keep their families and communities safe. FEMA’s Spanish-language app offers information, including preparedness tips, locations of nearby shelters, what to include in an emergency supply kit and a user friendly interface for survivors who may need assistance from FEMA after a disaster. Click the links below for more information.

Emergency Communication Hub maps – We will end this post with a reminder that we also have information in other languages about the emergency communication hubs.  Look at the dropdown menu at the top of this page for West Seattle emergency communication hub maps in other languages (Chinese, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Vietnamese).

Please share if you know of someone who would find this helpful!

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More about the new JuNO hub – tonight at 6:30 PM!

Apologies for the late notice, but I just learned that discussion and planning for a new hub in the Alaska Junction neighborhood is again on the agenda at tonight’s JuNO (Junction Neighborhood Organization) meeting. The meeting will be held at the West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon Street. It starts at 6:30 PM.

Cindi Barker from our group will join Ellen West, JuNO volunteer, for discussion about this newest Emergency Communication Hub in the works for the West Seattle Junction. On tonight’s agenda: What are communication Hubs? Why do we need Hubs? Where are they located? Who operates them (yes, volunteers!)? What are next steps?

Interested in learning more about hubs but can’t make the meeting? Visit the About section of our West Seattle Be Prepared website.

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A few notes for a new year…

First, a belated Happy 2015 to all of you!

Next, we want to share some exciting news — our group on Facebook has recently grown to over 730 members. Last October, we were thrilled when we reached the 600 mark; now we’re beyond thrilled. Welcome everyone!

Since this is a new year, we also want to mention that we are also on Twitter; you can follow us there at @wsbeprepared. And, I’m probably speaking to the choir here, but don’t overlook all of the personal preparedness resources and information about the emergency communication hubs on our main website, West Seattle Be Prepared.

If you haven’t followed us on Facebook, you may not have seen that the Seattle Office of Emergency Management has already announced and begun some of their 2015 classes. The first Earthquake Retrofit class was held today in Lake City. We’ll add all of the upcoming West Seattle sessions to our calendar (on the West Seattle Be Prepared website); West Seattle classes start in mid-April.  You can visit the Seattle OEM event calendar for the full citywide schedule (which is continually updated). Incidentally, if you haven’t visited the Seattle OEM site for awhile, they’ve updated it; take a look!

Back to the subject of items on our calendar, we wanted to reiterate that you are welcome to listen in on or participate in our weekly radio check-in’s if you have a GMRS or HAM radio. These short check-in sessions are held on Monday evenings and you can find more details on our event calendar. In-person West Seattle Be Prepared field exercises, summits and other educational activities will also be listed there as they are announced.

Will wrap up this post on a fun note! Whether you are a football fan or not, today’s Seattle Seahawks game has a noteworthy connection to our emergency preparedness efforts. The PNSN (Pacific Northwest Seismic Network) is testing new seismic early warning  technology during today’s game; check out their QuickShake page during today’s game. If you don’t see this until later on, watch this informative interview that radio station KUOW did with PNSN director John Vidale. I’ve been watching their website results live and it’s very interesting!

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