Timely training – learn how to “Stop the Bleed”

We received the following information about a new series of first aid classes earlier today via the Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s SNAP program. As I started to post it this evening, news reports about another active shooter situation in the Pacific Northwest are coming in. This sadly underscores the need for such training.

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.

Upcoming Courses:

October 8, 2016
Session 1: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Session 2: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

October 29, 2016
Session 1: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Session 2: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

November 12, 2016
Session 1: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Session 2: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

December 10, 2016
Session 1: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Session 2: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

For more information or to enroll in a course go to Stop the Bleed Washington

Our free 2.5 hour course teaches basic life-saving medical interventions, including methods to control bleeding and opening an airway to allow breathing. Taught by practicing trauma surgeons, the course was developed in response to the call from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Hartford Consensus to improve survival during active shooter and other mass casualty events. In these circumstances, survival begins with bystanders.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of your response during an active shooter event.
  • Describe the progressive strategy for controlling hemorrhage.
  • Demonstrate wound packing and learn about topical hemostatic dressings.
  • Explain the rationale for early use of a tourniquet for life-threatening extremity bleeding.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate application of a tourniquet to the arm and leg.
  • Demonstrate basic maneuvers to relieve airway obstruction.

This course is based on a curriculum developed by National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and modified and taught by trauma surgeons from UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center.

These classes are being taught at Harborview.

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Watch or join the Disaster Relief Bike Trials on Sunday!

As we noted earlier this summer, several of our emergency communication hubs plan to activate during the Disaster Relief Bike Trials on Sunday, September 25th — which is being held in conjunction with the Alki Summer Parkways event.

Four of our thirteen hubs plan to participate: Alki (#1), Morgan Junction (#6), Ercolini (#3), and the North Delridge P-Patch (#10). See the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hub map below for locations and addresses.

updated hub map postcard, front side

As well, there will be activity at other nearby locations, the West Seattle Tool Library and Lakewood Park.

Below is an informational table that shows the approximate time frames at the West Seattle hubs and these other locations..

Checkpoint / point person     Active Time      Cargo Activity         Mini-Workshop         Presenting Org

Alki and 60th

  10:30 – 4:40 Water (2, 4-gal buckets, 64 lbs) Zombie Apocalypse Middle Schoolers
Morgan Junction / Cindi Barker   11 – 2 Eggs (breakable medicines) Preventing Exposure Public Health Reserve Corps
Ercolini Park / Jon Wright   11 – 2 Blankets/tarps (5 lbs) Solar powered demo & the Seahawks game West Seattle Natural Energy
Alki Community Center / Tony Fragada   11 – 2 Box of nails/screws (10 lbs) Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes Oh MY: Demystifying Seattle’s Disaster Risks
Tool Library   12 – 3:30 Long tool, like a rake or hoe (5 lbs) Home Prep Habitat for Humanity
Lakewood Park   12 – 3:30 Fix a Flat Fix a Flat/Bike Maintenance
North Delridge P-Patch / Jay McNally   12 – 3:30 Food (20 lbs) Water Purification: Different ways to store and purify water safely, using low tech methods, as well as higher tech products that one could purchase GRAYL

Organizers of the Disaster Relief Bike Trials sent us the following additional info about their overall event. You can find additional info and a link to register on their website, Disaster Relief Trials. Note that there is a charge for those who participate as riders, but citizen participants/non-riders are free.

Join the Disaster Relief Trials to feel the empowerment of biking through the city bringing emergency supplies to grateful citizens! The Disaster Relief Trials will take place Sunday, September 25th, partnering with the West Seattle Summer Parkways event.

This fun, emergency preparedness event simulates a day-3 supply run after a major disaster, and mobilizes bicyclists to carry emergency supplies to and from six checkpoints, including Community Emergency Hubs, a P-Patch, a new traffic garden, and more, throughout West Seattle and White Center.

Riders will stop at checkpoints in a certain order, and suggested routes will be provided, including one local Greenway. Greenways are residential streets generally one off of main arterials with low volumes of cars going slowly enough so that people who walk or ride bicycles feel safe and comfortable.

All riders choose to participate in one of 5 classes. For the Responder and E-assist classes the DRT is an alleycat, and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. The Resilient and Family classes are more leisurely, and you will have time to participate in family- friendly mini-workshops (see below) at each checkpoint as you ride. “Citizen”, non-riders participate for free!

Checkpoint activities include emergency response mini-workshops for the Resilient, E-Assist, Family and Citizen classes, as well as for the general public, including:

– Zombie Apocalypse Survival
– Emergency Sanitation (a dirty but very necessary job!)
– Emergency Medical Aid
– Shutting down your household systems in an emergency
– Bike Maintenance In a Pinch
– Tsunami Evacuation / Safety Information

Each of the 6 checkpoints will include a cargo activity for the Responder & E-Assist classes. Cargo items may include:

– Buckets of water from the Puget Sound
– Tools from the West Seattle Tool Library
– Bags of Rice to be donated to Rainier Valley Food Bank
– Wool Blankets
– Apples, pet food, sand bags, etc.

Opportunities to get involved:
– Ride!
– Staff a checkpoint and provide an Emergency Response activity.
– Provide materials such as wool blankets, 5-gallon buckets, 5 lb bags of apples, burlap coffee sacks, or water filtration supplies.
– Volunteer at the event for set up, take down, photography, or myriad other fun opportunities.
– Partner with DRT in some other way that furthers the mission of fun, community-focused disaster preparedness!

We hope that you can participate or stop by to watch!

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Look for us on Saturday at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic!

As we mentioned earlier, we’ll be at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic this  Saturday, August 13th! These two great annual events are held in combination on the grounds of the Delridge Community Center from 11 AM – 3 PM.

Delridge Day 2016 poster

Come enjoy live music, free ice cream, yummy food, exciting demos at the Delridge Skatepark, and lots of activities for kids!

This is also a great opportunity to learn more about our local West Seattle community. Community groups and organizations (such as ours!) and the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network. Local businesses and vendors will be there.

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.

We hope to see you there – look for our booth! As usual, we’ll have informational materials galore including our Emergency Communication Hubs postcard maps!

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Upcoming West Seattle preparedness events and activities!

We want to let you know about a few items on our summer West Seattle Be Prepared calendar. We’ll be doing outreach at a couple more community festivals, and participating in some other preparedness activities.  In chronological order:

SummerFest 2016, July 9th & 10th — Look for us in the Community Tent (inside the main Festival Information booth), where we’ll be sharing space on rotating shifts with other West Seattle organizations. We’ll be there from 10 – 6 on Saturday, July 9th. On Sunday, we’ll be sharing table space with the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network from 11 – 2. You can stop by to learn more about our activities, as well as pick up informational materials including our hub map postcards! [Note that during the times that we aren’t in the Community Tent, you can also find our hub postcards at the West Seattle Timebank booth – located in the GreenLife area.]

Delridge Day / SW Precinct Picnic, August 13th — We’ll have an informational booth at this unique and informative festival.

Alki Summer Parkways / Disaster Relief Bike Trials, September 25th — A group of cargo bike enthusiasts have created a networked event called the Disaster Relief Trials that will take place in West Seattle this year.  During this event, they race against the clock along a predefined route to move disaster supplies and equipment from place to place.  Hubs in the areas set up and receive or send supplies with the riders, like water in buckets, shelter tents, blankets etc. etc…you know, all those things that we talk about sharing between hubs. The route will start and end at the Alki Bathhouse (11 AM – 4 PM). We plan to have several of our West Seattle emergency communication hubs set up for this event; will post additional details as our plans firm up.

Seattle OEM / SNAP classes — As well, we want to call your attention to these workshops and Disaster Prep classes that will be held outside of West Seattle this summer. These are from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM) event calendar.

If we’ve overlooked anything important – especially West Seattle preparedness-related events – please let us know and we’ll add them!

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Stop by our booth at the Morgan Junction Community Festival!

West Seattle Be Prepared will have an informational booth at this wonderful neighborhood event! It’s this coming Saturday, June 18th. Please stop by!

It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs. We now have 13 local hubs; you can pick up our newest hub map postcards that show additions and changes. As well, we’ll have other preparedness materials including information about how to prepare for those who depend on you (such as pets, kids, and those with special needs).

Look for us in the vendor area, which is just north of Morgan Junction Park (at 6413 California Ave SW). We’ll be there starting at 10 AM. The festival runs until 5 PM.  We hope to see you there!

Here’s a preview of the festival, along with this year’s poster!

Morgan Junction Festival 2016 poster

Morgan Junction Festival 2016 poster

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Join us for an emergency communication field exercise on June 11th!

West Seattle Be Prepared will take part in Cascadia Rising, a citywide emergency communications drill on Saturday, June 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Would you like to watch or participate?

We plan to activate our emergency communication hub in High Point, which is located just behind Neighborhood House at 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126. You can watch how we would communicate with other emergency hubs and preparedness organizations around the city during a real emergency.  You can also show up to be a “citizen actor” and help test our skills and capacity to handle emergency situations!

Attached are two flyers with more details about the Cascadia Rising Drill. Below that, is our map of all of the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs. Concurrently with the drill, our hub at Hope Lutheran Church will have an informational table set up.

2016 Cascadia Rising Drill flyer

2016 Cascadia Rising Drill flyer

Hub locations map and hours Cascadia Rising drill June 2016


updated hub map postcard, front side Please stop by if you can!

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Want to “BEE” prepared? Find out how on Saturday, May 21st!

Forgive us the bee puns…but we like to “bee” consistent. We now have an annual tradition of calling your attention to our participation at the West Seattle Bee Festival! It’s our first outreach event of the year.

This year will “bee” the fourth year for West Seattle Bee Festival, which runs from 10 AM to 3 PM at High Point Commons Park (next to Neighborhood House, 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126).

We’ll be participating in the Vendor and Information Fair. It runs from 11 AM until 2 PM on the street that borders the west edge of the park, Lanham Place SW.

“Bee-low” is the West Seattle Bee Festival informational flyer with additional details.

Flyer for the 4th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival


Stop by our booth at the 4th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival on May 21st!

We hope you’ll stop by “make a beeline” to the West Seattle Be Prepared booth at the West Seattle Bee Festival to learn more about our org and how you can get involved, pick up the newest West Seattle Emergency Communication Hub postcard maps, ask questions or just say hi!

The West Seattle Bee Garden website and the West Seattle Bee Festival webpage have more details!

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