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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Photos: Disaster Relief Trials – Cargo Bikes check-in at West Seattle Hubs

We had great weather and a great time last Sunday at the Disaster Relief Trials in West Seattle. As described in our previous post, four of our West Seattle hubs and the West Seattle Tool Library participated as checkpoints for the riders in this exercise.

Following are some photos that I captured of the activities.


Ercolini hub, where Jon Wright (hub captain), Katie Stemp and other volunteers made good use of solar power.


Cargo bike riders stopped to check in at the Ercolini hub.


Morgan Junction hub staff had help from the Public Health Reserve Corps. L to R: Cindi Barker (hub captain), Winter Zuber, Chrystie Connelly, John Clark, Robyn Haaf, Delores Kannas, and Deb Barker.


Mike Cobb, with the Disaster Relief Trials organization based out of Portland, demonstrates how his cargo bike generates electricity.


Close-up view of the friction wheel on Mike Cobb’s cargo bike. At this event, the electricity produced was used to power an audio speaker.


Morgan Junction hub – John Clark operating the radio, Mike Cobb and Cindi Barker in the background


Youngstown, Tool Library checkpoint Franz Niedermeyer (N3HFS) and Brad Gibson (W9LSR) manning the radios


Cargo bike rider departing the Youngstown Tool Library checkpoint


Youngstown, Tool Library checkpoint – another cargo bike rider checking in


North Delridge P-Patch hub checkpoint – volunteers and staff – Jay McNally (hub captain) is 3rd from left, with Jessica Coleman from ACS on the right.


Disaster Relief Trials finish checkpoint on Alki – around 4 PM as the event ended.

Following are some additional photos that Cindi Barker sent, taken at the Morgan Junction hub unless otherwise noted.

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Jon Wright (hub captain) watches the Seahawks game at the Ercolini Park hub.


Chas Redmond, greets cargo bikers at the entrance to the Youngstown, West Seattle Tool Library checkpoint.


Morgan Junction hub – Chrystie Connelly, Robyn Haaf, and Delores Kannas from Public Health Reserve Corps


The Disaster Relief Trials event was held in conjunction with Alki Summer Parkways; you can find more photos and coverage of the day from the West Seattle Blog here. As well,  you can find more information about the advantages of using cargo bikes in disasters on the Disaster Relief Trials website.

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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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