More thoughts on earthquake preparedness…

Two summers ago, many of us were caught up in discussion about the controversial article in the New Yorker, The Earthquake that Will Devastate Seattle, that painted a vivid and dire picture of what might happen in this region.

Just recently, a friend posted a follow-up piece that I had not seen, How to Stay Safe When the Big One Comes.

I share them here as food for thought during National Emergency Preparedness Month.

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Register ASAP for fall preparedness classes!

I want to call your attention to an excellent class that is hopefully on your emergency preparedness bucket list, and alert you that it’s filling up fast!

Stop the Bleed is a free hands-on class that is offered monthly at Harborview. Don’t miss out! It includes Active Shooter Training, as well as detailed first aid information about how to control bleeding.

Though I hope we never need to utilize this information, it will help make us more prepared and resilient if something dire does happen.

FYI, the September and October sessions are already full, as it was included in the EOCSNAP newsletter that we posted earlier.

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September is National Preparedness Month!

In light of so many recent regional and national weather-related events, emergency preparedness is a timely topic this month! Thought I’d share some resources and information that you may find helpful and/or thought-provoking.

First, we received a new EOCSNAP – newsletter from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management this past week. It includes information about their upcoming classes and other events scheduled through the end of this year. Note that these are free events, but take place outside of West Seattle. At least one of them is both fun and educational, you can “Ride the Big Shaker.” Big Shaker Event_Sept 21_

The Washington Post has posted an online tool that lets you enter your address to see how deep the flooding would be if Harvey-level rainfall fell on you. Cindi Barker tried it out. She sent me the link and noted that her closest hub location (the Morgan Junction hub) would be under 15 feet of water.

I’ll wrap with some photos of emergency preparedness kit supplies. These along with other informational materials were on display at our recent exercise at the High Point hub.

Food for thought: what would you want in your own kits?

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Follow-up from the citywide emergency preparedness drill

Though the citywide hub communication exercise on July 29th now seems so very long ago, we wanted to follow-up with some details.

First, you’ll find an overview of the exercise, dubbed Cascadia Rising II – Hubs and Spokes, on the home page of the Seattle Emergency Hubs website. They’ve included photos taken at participating hubs, as well as links to all of the media coverage.

As we noted earlier, three of the thirteen West Seattle emergency communication hubs participated. West Seattle Blog’s coverage includes photos taken at the EC Hughes Playfield and the Hope Lutheran Church hubs — each activated for their first drill!

The third hub that participated in the drill was the High Point hub at Neighborhood House. Below are some photos I took there of hub volunteers as the exercise was getting underway and later wrapping up. During the busier portions of the exercise, citizen actors came to report problems or ask for help. Many of the issues posed were quite challenging and will help us fine-tune our skills before we face a real disaster!

Drill organizer, Cindi Barker (right) briefs hub volunteers before the exercise gets underway

Radio operator, Ron Zuber (right), communicates the highest priority messages via radio

Thanks to all who participated or stopped by to ask questions!

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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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