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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Upcoming workshops…so many choices!

On April 29th, there are two concurrent events that we want to let you know about.

One is a Hub Tabletop emergency exercise. No previous experience is required. You can attend as a participant, or volunteer at the event.

The other is another Stop The Bleed class. We attended an earlier session and found it immensely informative.

Both of these events do require that you venture outside of West Seattle. If you are willing to do that, you can find other citywide events on the Seattle Emergency Hubs calendar, as well as on the Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM) calendar. As we noted earlier, their spring classes are underway.

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Classes are open for registration!

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management emailed out their schedule of upcoming classes yesterday. Below is a snapshot.

Visit their online Event Calendar to sign up, and to check for additional offerings. At the moment, we don’t see any in West Seattle, but that could change.



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Free First Aid training! Learn how to Stop the Bleed!

Last Saturday, October 29th, I attended a class at Harborview that I first learned of, and posted about, over a month ago. It warrants another mention!


Blood loss is the leading cause of preventable death in multiple casualty events, like mass shootings and terrorist attacks.

Significant external bleeding can also result from everyday events such as a motorcycle crash, or industrial accident. Rapid control of bleeding at the scene of the event can be life-saving.

Harborview Medical Center, the American College of Surgeons Washington State Committee on Trauma, and Seattle and King County EMS are partnering to offer Stop the Bleed training.

Here are more details. Click the “Enroll” tab to sign up! As I type this,  their classes are full through January, but there are opportunities to take the class in February through May.

I found this class incredibly informative, even though I have taken other classes including Disaster First Aid and Active Shooter Training.

I personally wish that everyone knew this information. Please consider it!

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Grand Opening for our newest hub in the Alaska Junction!

Today, Sunday, October 23rd, from noon until 3 PM, the newest hub in West Seattle will have its grand opening! It’s located at Hope Lutheran Church, at 4456 42nd Ave SW, at the corner of 42nd Ave. SW and Oregon Street.

Please stop by to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies, what the hub will do in the event of a disaster and how you can be a volunteer to help others at the hub.

For more information and maps of the West Seattle emergency communication hubs, visit the About the Hubs section of the West Seattle Be Prepared website.

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