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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Seattle’s Fault – field exercise follow-up

Thanks to all who stopped by or participated in yesterday’s Seattle’s Fault citywide field exercise!

Two of our hubs, Morgan Junction Park and Hiawatha Playfield, activated for this event. West Seattle Blog and King5 each stopped by the Morgan Junction hub:

West Seattle Blog’s coverage

King5’s coverage

Below are some photos that I took at the Hiawatha Playfield hub in the Admiral neighborhood just as the exercise was starting to get underway.  





Several hours later, the message board above looked much different; and all who participated came away with new insights, information and ideas.

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Seattle’s Fault!

Join us on Saturday, June 1st, from 9 AM to noon, for the Seattle’s Fault field exercise!

Two of our West Seattle emergency communication hubs will participate in this citywide eventCome to either Morgan Junction Park or Hiawatha Playfield to watch or volunteer.

Visit the Seattle Emergency Hubs website for more details and maps.


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Plan to join us for two spring preparedness events in West Seattle!

Do you want to (or feel you should) build your disaster resilience, skills, and knowledge? 

Join us for an Urban Survival Skills Fair on Saturday, May 18th, between 10 and 2 PM in High Point Commons Park. It’s part of this year’s West Seattle Bee Festival.

Urban Survival Skills Fair banner

The Urban Survival Skills Fair offers an opportunity to gain a variety of preparedness-related skills and useful knowledge from experts. Topics may include:

  • Amateur Radio — Learn about one of the few communication tools that do not depend on the internet.
  • Develop a disaster communication plan — Communication is critical during a disaster. What should you consider when making your own plan?
  • Learn some useful camping hacks and share your best hacks with us!
  • Build an emergency toilet! We’ll have 50 free toilets to give away (first come, first serve). Learn what to do if the sewer lines have broken or if there is no water.
  • Prepared Communities — Learn more about the network of Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs and about the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs.
  • Prepared Families — Take some high impact, low-cost steps that can help your family and household make it through any situation.
  • Prepared Neighbors — Learn about the City of Seattle’s SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) program.
  • Prepared Pets — What steps can you take to make sure that your pet stays safe in a disaster?
  • Prepared Schools — Do you understand the “reunification process” that schools may implement following a disaster?
  • Smartphone Emergency Apps — Take steps before a disaster to download useful tools…many will function even without a cellphone signal. Do you know of other apps?
  • Utilities — Do you know when or if you should shut off utilities such as gas, water and electricity, and how to do so safely?
  • Water — Do you know how to properly store and purify water? Following the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, people were without running water for over a year.

[And, if you have knowledge or experience in any of these topics, we would welcome your help at one of the tables — we have key talking points and props for each table to help you help us teach others.  Sign up for a table shift here.]

The second event to note on your calendar is the Citywide Hub and ACS Field Exercise on Saturday, June 1st. It will take place in various locations — watch for updates and more details! 

We’re very excited to share our plans for both of these upcoming events. We hope to see you there!

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Is West Seattle Prepared? Watch video and see coverage from our two fall preparedness sessions!

We hope you had an opportunity to attend one of our “Is West Seattle Prepared?” sessions last fall. If you missed them or would like to see the presentations again, we’ve included them below.

We begin with the keynote presentations from each session. The two sets of speakers approach the topic in different ways (science and policy) to provide an in-depth picture of why and how we might prepare.

Part 1: Video of Sandi Doughton’s and Dave Nichols’ keynote sessions at Hiawatha Community Center on November 3rd, 2018.

Part 2: Video of Ken Neafcy’s and Harold Tobin’s keynote sessions at High Point Community Center on October 7th, 2018.

Part 3: Video of presentations by City responders: Lt. Paul Andrews, SFD;  Lt. Jim Britt, SPD; Melanie Cole, Seattle Emergency Management; and Carina Elsenboss, Public Health).

Below, we’ve included the West Seattle Blog’s coverage of these West Seattle Be Prepared events:

Earthquake anniversary coverage on February 28th

Is West Seattle Prepared? Coverage of the November 3rd session

Is West Seattle Prepared? Coverage of the October 7th session

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Thanks for attending and helping with our fall preparedness events!

We hope you had an opportunity to attend one of our “Is West Seattle Prepared?” sessions. Both the October 7th and today’s event (November 3rd) reached room capacity!

We’ll post highlights, photos, and media coverage soon.

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More seats available for our event on November 3rd!

Update 10/23/18: As we noted earlier, our two “Is West Seattle Prepared (for the Big One?” sessions filled up very quickly.

We’ve recently had a few cancellations so there are now some open seats for the November 3rd session. If our registration tool allows you to sign up, then you are in luck…keep trying!!

If you’ve registered for that session and can’t make it, please cancel your registration.

Here is the link to register or unregister: More details about this session are below!

Is West Seattle prepared (for the Big One)?


Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 – noon,
Hiawatha Community Center
2700 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Learn about and discuss what we should do in West Seattle!

  • Hosted by Glenn Farley, Natural Disasters Reporter, KING-5 News.  
  • Opening keynote sessions by Dave Nichols, Certified Emergency Manager and West Seattle resident speaking on community preparedness. And, a presentation about Northwest earthquake science by Sandi Doughton, Seattle Times Science Reporter.
  • Hear about response plans from Seattle Police, Fire, Emergency Management and
    King County Public Health.
  • Learn how you can be better prepared personally.
  • Learn what steps you can take to mitigate your potential damage.
  • Learn skills to help you quickly respond to a disaster with demonstrations on water purification, sanitation in disasters, utility shut off, and other urban survival skills.
  • Meet your neighbors so that we work effectively together for recovery.

Free and open to everyone! We especially encourage families with children, tenants, seniors and those new to West Seattle to join us!

Register today to reserve a seat, and to reserve interpretation services in Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese or ASL.

Hosted by the West Seattle Hubs and West Seattle Be Prepared

This project is funded by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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