City announces spring classes and a contest! Plus, Ham license training!

The Seattle Office of Emergency published their Monthly Connection newsletter this week; we’ve copied/pasted it much of it below, but not all. (You can sign up to receive it yourself here.)

We’ve also included some of their attached flyers as well (scroll down below the newsletter) as there are lots of details about upcoming preparedness classes and events.

Subject: [EOCSNAP] SNAP March-April Monthly Connection: Spring Training in Full Swing


The Monthly Connection

March/April 2013

Disaster   ready…prepared people,
resilient community


March Tip of the Month: Spring training goes into high gear!  The Spring CERT class has begun, Earthquake Home Retrofit classes continue and Disaster Skills registration is NOW OPEN! See below for these and other opportunities:


Attention Elementary   School Educators: Win $500 in emergency supplies for your school – enter the “Make it Through” coloring contest, going on now through March 29 April 26th [the contest deadline has been extended]! Contest flyer attached.

For full details, go to:

Amateur Radio Fans – register now for March 16 and March 23 training in Ballard. Earn your Tech License. Ballard is starting its own Amateur Radio Club and already has its Club Radio Studio. They will be mounting antennas on the roof of one of the Philadelphia Church buildings, and anticipate putting together a micro-repeater to serve as a neighborhood Hub site during emergencies. Email Mike Walsh at: or call 206-293-3498 to register. Flyer attached.

Seattle OEM Spring Skills Classes Begin April 6! Registration now open for free Disaster First Aid, Light Search & Rescue and (new) Utility and Household Preparedness Classes. Flyer attached. To register: email: or call 206-233-5076.

Unless noted, classes are held on Saturdays at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Bldg 406 (the Brig), 98115, from 9 am to 1 p.m. Space is limited. Registration required.

Disaster First Aid – April 6 or May 4:  Learn how to care for injuries after a major disaster when 9-1-1 is overwhelmed or unavailable. Learn principles of triage, how to conduct a patient assessment, basic treatment and how to recognize and treat life-threatening conditions. Class is free. Register through SNAP.

Note: The Disaster First Aid class has changed from previous years and no longer provides First Aid Certification. We strongly recommend individuals obtain a basic first aid card prior to signing up for this class.

Light Search & Rescue – April 27 or May 18: Hands-on class provides instruction on how to safely conduct search and rescue operations after a major disaster. Learn basic rescuer safety, search methods and markings, safe lifting techniques. Requires some physical activity. Class is free. Register through SNAP.

Note: Due to economic and environmental reasons, the Fire Extinguisher & Utility Control class is no longer offered as live-fire training. It is now part of Utility Control and Household Preparedness taught in Seattle Public Libraries. See below for locations, dates and times.

New for 2013! Utility and Household Preparedness – March 30 and April 27: Taught in partnership with Puget Sound Energy. Learn how and when to control utilities, use a fire extinguisher (demo only), store emergency water, reduce earthquake damage at home and create a supply kit using everyday household items. Classes are free. Register through SNAP.

Saturday, March 30, Noon-2pm
Montlake Branch Library
2401 24th Ave. E., 98112

Saturday, April 27, 1:30-3:30pm
Broadview Branch Library
12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 98133

Saturday, June 1, 11am-1pm
West Seattle Branch Library
2306 42nd Ave SW, 98116


Earthquake Home Retrofit Classes – March 30, April 6 and April 21:  New for 2013: 30-minute “Tech Talk” added to answer detailed “how to” questions. Total class time: 2 ½ hours.

Experienced earthquake retrofit experts teach participants how to seismically assess their home using City of Seattle’s free, pre-engineered plans. Information is especially important for those who own a home built before 1980. Classes are free. Register through SNAP.

Saturday, March 30, 11am-1:30pm
Ballard Branch Library
5614 22nd Ave., NW, 98107

Saturday, April 6, 2-4:30pm
Greenwood Branch Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 98103

Saturday, April 21, 1:30-4pm
Queen Anne Branch Library
400 W. Garfield St., 98119.

Saturday, October 5, 11am-1:30pm
West Seattle Branch Library
2306 42nd Ave SW, 98116


Spring SNAP Classes – March 7 and April 9: Become personally prepared and learn how to organize with others to stay safe and self-sufficient. Helpful tips are effective every day, and especially after disaster. Classes are free. No registration required.

Thursday, March 7, 6-7:30pm
West Seattle Branch Library
2306 42nd Ave SW, 98116

Tuesday, April 9, 6-7:30pm
Green LakeBranch Library
7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N, 98115


Class flyers attached below. For a complete schedule of Seattle Emergency Management classes, go to the Training and Events Calendar.


Looking ahead:
April has historically been Disaster Preparedness Month in Washington. This year, “Make it Through” kicks it off with a multi-media campaign on TV, radio and social media. Go to: Click the new “Kit on a Shoestring” video on YouTube.


FYI, the links don’t work in the flyer graphics below, so you’ll have to type them into your browser or follow the links above. Note that we’ve learned that the classes that require registeration tend to fill up quickly…

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