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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Reminder: tomorrow, 10/20, at 10:20 AM…

We’ve had this event posted to our West Seattle Be Prepared calendar for awhile, but wanted to post a reminder here too in case you missed it. Tomorrow, on Thursday, 10/20, at 10:20 AM – it’s time for the annual ShakeOut!



This event can be a wonderful entry point for discussion about preparedness, especially for kids. As well, it may provide a reality check!

Look around your office, classroom, or home, or other places where you spend time each day. If you don’t see good locations to drop – cover – hold, you may need to do some decluttering!

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See us at the Delridge Projects Workshop and Resource Fair tomorrow!

We wanted to let you know that we’ll have a booth at the Delridge Projects Workshop and Community Resource Fair.

It’s tomorrow, Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM, at the Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle Street). Stop by if you have a chance!

Following is some more information about the overall event that we received from the organizers, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and and the Office of Planning & Community Development.

First of all we will be unveiling the final North Delridge Action Plan.  This is the final public workshop for the North Delridge Action Plan. It is the result input from hundreds of your neighbors who helped identify the community’s vision for North Delridge, and prioritize steps that you, organizations and the City can take to make Delridge a healthy and livable neighborhood  Second, it’s time to get back to work on the Delridge Multimodal Corridor Transportation Project planning.  Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be looking for input on options for transforming Delridge Way SW into a safer and healthier space with interconnected movement of people and goods.  We are also hoping to hear the latest on the Longfellow Creek Basin Natural Drainage Project Learning and how we can improve drainage for a healthy Longfellow Creek and Puget Sound

Like most community development projects, these two initiatives are part of a bigger network of amazing work and accomplishments that are taking place in the neighborhood.  That includes the work you and your organization have accomplished.  We would like to invite you to showcase your work by joining us on October 8th as part of a Community Resource Fair.  We feel that the more we can bring attention to what’s happening in the community, the more ideas, dreams, and vision will be generated.

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Upcoming citywide preparedness event on October 11th: The Big Shaker Hits Seattle

The Seattle Emergency Hubs have been invited to have a booth at an upcoming event that the Seattle Office of Emergency Management is organizing.  It isn’t yet posted on their website or here on their Emergency Management event calendar, but you can find event details on this Facebook event page: The Big Shaker Hits Seattle.

For those who don’t use Facebook, we’ve copied their post below:

Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management and Seattle Parks and Recreation invite members of the public and media to attend the City’s first ever, ‘Big Shaker’ Earthquake Event at Westlake Park on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

The ‘Big Shaker’ is a 22’ foot-long, 6,500-pound earthquake simulator that gives participants the opportunity to experience the shaking of a simulated 8.0 earthquake.

“Seattle has experienced major earthquakes in the past, and we know we will experience them in the future”, said Mayor Ed Murray. “It is important that we are all aware of the risk and take steps now to prepare.”

Mayor Ed Murray proclaimed October as Emergency Preparedness Month to encourage Seattle residents, businesses, and organizations to get prepared.

More than 100 members of the public will also have the opportunity to step into the ‘Big Shaker’. The event will be held at Westlake Park (401 Pine St.) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Tickets will be distributed to the public at Westlake Park on the day of the event and are on a first come, first served basis. Tickets for riding in the ‘Big Shaker’ between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon will be passed out at 9:30 a.m. Tickets for riding between noon and 2 p.m. will be distributed at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to riding in the ‘Big Shaker’, several City departments and vendors, including QuakeHold, will be present to give participants the opportunity to:
• Learn how to build an emergency kit, make a disaster plan and help each other
• Hear about how to get involved neighborhood and community preparedness
• Practice shutting off utilities
• Play fun preparedness games and win prizes

“Preparing for disasters starts with individuals,” said Seattle Office of Emergency Management Director Barb Graff. “People need to plan to be on their own for a minimum of 7-10 days following a major disaster.”

Members of the public are also invited to participate in the annual ‘Great Washington ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill on October 20 at 10:20 a.m. Those who participate will join millions of people worldwide in practicing how to ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On’. Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management plans to issue an AlertSeattle message immediately before the drill begins to encourage participation.

For information on Seattle’s earthquake risk and how to get prepared for disasters, visit the Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s website.

If you are able to attend the event, stop by the Seattle Emergency Hubs booth to pick up informational materials and resources!

You can find more details about the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs as well as hubs in other communities throughout Seattle on our full West Seattle Be Prepared website.

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