Hope to see you tomorrow, Saturday, August 12th, at Delridge Day!

Jay McNally, Hub Captain for our Delridge hub, will host our booth at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic tomorrow, August 12th ! These two great annual events are held in combination on the grounds of the Delridge Community Center, from 11 AM – 3 PM.

This is a great opportunity to meet Jay, try your hand at the Wheel of Misfortunes, ask questions, volunteer, and/or learn more about our West Seattle emergency communication hubs. As usual, you can pick up informational materials including our Emergency Communication Hubs postcard maps!

The festival offers live music, ice cream, yummy food, exciting demos at the Delridge Skatepark, and lots of activities for kids! The vendor fairs includes community groups and organizations (such as ours!) as well as local businesses and vendors.

As well, the Seattle Police Department brings a safety focus to this event each year. You can meet the Community Police Team (CPT) officers and leaders from the SW Precinct, see some of their latest technology, ask questions, and talk with them informally about your concerns.

Hope to see you there!

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Emergency Preparedness information from KING5

KING5 published some excellent preparedness information this week. You can find it here.

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Citywide Hub exercise is one week from today!

Next Saturday morning, July 29th, from 9 AM until noon, three of the West Seattle emergency communication hubs will participate in another citywide exercise, Cascadia Rising II. This exercise is based on a Cascadia Rising Subduction Zone Earthquake scenario set 6-days after “The Big One” has hit Seattle.

Our emergency communication hubs at Hope Lutheran Church in Alaska Junction, Neighborhood House in High Point, and EC Hughes Playfield (see map) will be activated for this drill. Stop by to watch! You can also participate as a citizen actor!

Scenario-based drills such as this one help us improve our processes and our skills. They also provide a wonderful opportunity for community members to see — and hear — how the hubs will operate during an emergency. Members from ACS (Auxiliary Communication Services) and other organizations also participate.

Here’s the informational flyer  about the overall event, and you can find more details on the Seattle Emergency Hubs website. If you are outside of West Seattle, you are welcome to visit any of the 11 hubs that will be participating in this exercise!

[Added, Tuesday, 7/25]  If you arrived on this page from another site, you may notice a discrepancy in the timeframe for the exercise. Press releases that were sent out by ACS differ from information here and the Seattle Emergency Hubs website and event flyers. The press releases say 8 AM until 1 PM, rather than as 9 AM until noon. FYI, setup for the exercise and training for volunteers runs from 8 until 9 AM. From noon until 1 PM is the debrief following the exercise; that is, discussion of observations about what went well and what can be improved upon in the future. The radio communications portion of the exercise runs from 9 until noon.

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Citywide Hub exercise and other news!

We want to call your attention to two recent announcements about citywide hub activities. You can find more details about each on the Seattle Emergency Hubs website.

First, there will be another citywide hub drill on July 29th — just a month from now! West Seattle emergency communication hubs that will participate in the exercise include the emergency communication hubs at Hope Lutheran Church in Alaska Junction, Neighborhood House in High Point, and EC Hughes Playfield. Here’s the informational flyer for the event.

Second, this week, the Department of Neighborhoods announced their plan to designate ALL P-Patch gardens in Seattle as community hubs. As we have noted before, not all of the newer hubs will have radio capabilities.

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More outreach news!

A belated thanks to those of  you who stopped by our booth at the Morgan Festival last Saturday, June 17th! If you missed the festival, here’s As It Happened coverage that includes evidence that the Wheel of  Misfortunes and Cindi Barker got another good workout!

We are still finalizing outreach plans for the rest of the summer and will post any updates here on our blog, in the event calendar on our West Seattle Be Prepared website, and in our Facebook group.

We had hoped that we can participate in West Seattle SummerFest in July, but unfortunately are currently “waitlisted” for space in the Community Tent.

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Outreach season is off to a good start!

Thanks to those of you who stopped by our West Seattle Be Prepared booth at the 5th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival! It was a beautiful day for a festival, and we enjoyed bee-ing there.

Following is a photo of Cindi Barker and her infamous Wheel of Misfortunes.

Cindi Barker and her Wheel of Misfortunes at the West Seattle Bee Festival

If you missed seeing us at the Bee Festival, or if you’d like another chance at the wheel, look for us next at the Morgan Junction Festival on Saturday, June 17th from 10 AM until 5 PM. It’s a great opportunity to pick up printed informational materials, ask us questions and meet some of the West Seattle hub captains and volunteers!

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Guess where we’ll BEE on Saturday, May 20th?

If you’ve been following our blog for more than a year, you’ll may know the answer. We’ll be at the 5th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival! We’ve been a part of each of the earlier festivals, so wouldn’t want to miss this one. Look for us at the Vendor Fair, which runs from 11 until 2 PM, on Lanham Place SW between SW Graham Street and SW Sylvan Way/SW Morgan Street.

Even if you’ve visited our booth before, stop by to see what’s new or say hi! You can:

  • Pick up the latest West Seattle emergency communication hub map postcards.
  • Test your knowledge! The ‘Wheel of Misfortunes” will be back to challenge you.
  • Check out our multi-day emergency preparedness kits for both people and/or pets.
  • Pick up the new (last year) city infographic handouts for personal preparedness.
  • Bring your questions! If the ‘Wheel of Misfortunes’ stumped you, this could be payback time!

We hope you can BEE there!

2017 West Seattle Bee Fest flyer

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