On the subject of earthquake preparedness…

Did you know…  For those of you who missed it, there was a small earthquake (3.5 mag) around 2 AM in the early morning today on the Olympic Peninsula west of Tacoma. Here’s a detailed description on the PNSN (Pacific Northwest Seismic Network) Seismo Blog.  You can also follow ongoing discussion about it on the PNSN Facebook group page.

Did you feel it?  If you felt this quake, visit the “Did You Feel It?” page to report where you were at the time; this helps the scientists learn more about each event.

Are you prepared?  This seems like a good time to reiterate the importance of getting prepared, for yourself and also for those who depend on you.  You’ll find a myriad of tips and other information that can help you get started.

  • What would you want to take with you if you had to evacuate suddenly? What would you want available if you suddenly had to “shelter in place” in your home, workplace or vehicle?  Check out the Resources section of our website for useful checklists and links to preparedness resources. Even if you can visualize yourself “toughing it out”, keep in mind that some preparations might make you more comfortable if we are without city services such as electricity for 3 days or longer (or if you become injured).

  • What skills and knowledge would you like to have in such a situation? FYI, there are some great (and free) preparedness classes and other events coming up! The Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s spring skills classes (earthquake home retrofit, disaster first aid, light seach and rescue, fire extinguisher training) are underway or will be starting soon; you can find their complete schedule here. Organizations such as the Red Cross also offer first aid classes; you can even learn about first aid for pets! You can also learn a great deal from what other communities have done, or wished they had done, in such circumstances.

  • Do you know where to go for information, or to volunteer, following an emergency? Do you know about the West Seattle emergency communication hubs? We are part of a citywide network of hubs that will be activated following a major emergency. For more information, visit the About the Hubs section of our website. You can find printable hub maps here (and in several other languages…linked from the menu).

  • Want to learn more? Check out our West Seattle Be Prepared event calendar, which is also linked from the bottom of the home page of our website. We participate in radio communication drills and other events throughout the year and would love to have you stop by to learn more or to get involved!
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