Where will you BEE on Saturday, May 19th?

We hope you plan to stop by our booth at the 6th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival — which coincidentally takes place at our High Point hub location. Come meet our two new captains for that hub, Robert Landis and Johnny Schmidt!

You can also:

  • Pick up the latest West Seattle emergency communication hub map postcards.
  • Test your knowledge! The ‘Wheel of Misfortunes” will be back to challenge you.
  • Check out our multi-day emergency preparedness kits for both people and/or pets.
  • Pick up some  of the Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s handouts about personal preparedness.
  • Bring your questions! If the ‘Wheel of Misfortunes’ stumped you, you can try to stump Robert and Johnny!

Our booth is part of the Vendor Fair at the festival, which runs from 11 until 2 PM, on Lanham Place SW between SW Graham Street and SW Sylvan Way/SW Morgan Street.

We hope you can BEE there!

Bee Fest Poster final 2018


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Wondering how Seattle fared with “No Power, No Bars?”

Thanks to those of you who showed up today to participate in, or watch, our field exercises this morning! We activated three of our West Seattle emergency communication hubs as part of this citywide communication exercise.

While this exercise took place over three hours and provided opportunities for hands-on learning and experience, the pre-planning efforts and the debrief afterward may prove to be the most insightful as to what may help us successfully weather a similar real emergency in our community.

We may share more about those findings later….meanwhile, here are some scenes from our exercise in High Point today — including some photos and comments that I shared with the West Seattle Blog.



Updating Sunday, 4/29/18 to include some photos taken by Ian Gallagher. Ian and Journét Wallace are Hub Co-Captains for our EC Hughes hub location. They participated in the exercise that took place at our Fauntleroy hub.


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Reminder: Our Field Exercise is this Saturday, April 28th!

Please join us — as a volunteer or as an observer — to see the emergency communication hubs in action! Three of our West Seattle hubs will activate for this exercise: Pigeon Point, High Point, and Fauntleroy.

This drill simulates an extended total power outage — something that could quickly become our reality following an earthquake or another large-scale disaster. You’ll find more details (including maps) in this earlier overview.

PigeonPoint hub exercise sign

Pigeon Point hub exercise reminder from Jim Sander

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More on the April 28th field exercise!

From Cindi Barker:

Does your stress level rise when your cell phone power bars shrink?  Can you imagine living without power for an extended period of time – how would we move information in this age of connective-ness?

We want to find out and learn how neighbor connectivity could help with a response should we have a major regional power outage.  The Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs and the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service, the ham radio volunteer unit for the city, will be holding a field exercise on April 28, 2018 from 9:00 am to noon.

The Hubs will be practicing passing information on to the community at hub locations and also matching volunteer skills, information and resources with people looking for the same.  We know we will depending on each other in the case of a major disaster here in Seattle, so we work to prepare in advance.

In West Seattle, we will be practicing at Pigeon Point, High Point and Fauntleroy

Your help is needed!  Join us as a volunteer, to learn how you can help your neighbors in a disaster.  Join us as a “citizen actor” to use prepared messages which will give the hub a challenge to solve.  So mark your calendars, sharpen your pencils and spiff up your acting skills – we would appreciate your support!

More information at  http://seattleemergencyhubs.org/.

Here is a 2-page printable flyer with details and map: 2018 Field Exercise Flyer and Map Final. Please share!

2018 hub drill - no power no bars

2018 hub drill - no power no bars - MAP

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Dept. of Neighborhoods launches Community Resource Hub!

Late last week, we received the following note from Laura Jenkins, the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Good Afternoon,

We’re emailing groups who are participants of the Community Connector to let you know that the Community Resource Hub, an online portal of City resources, information, and tools, has launched! The Community Connector is part of the new Community Resource Hub (seattle.gov/resourcehub). The site includes “how-to” documents, videos, websites, tip sheets, links to discounted City resources, and more to help community members connect and engage with city government and with each other. You can learn more about the Community Resource Hub here. Please share this resource with your contacts and let us know what you think.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. You can also email community.connector@seattle.gov with questions.

Thank you,

Laura Jenkins

Community Engagement Coordinator
Office: 206-684-0320

Cell: 206-437-3735

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

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Can you envision a widespread total power outage in our area?

That will be the scenario for a citywide field exercise exactly one month from today.

On April 28th, from 9 AM until 1 PM, you’ll have an opportunity to observe or participate as Emergency Communication Hubs from West Seattle and throughout the city practice our disaster-preparedness skills with other organizations.

We plan to activate several of the West Seattle hubs for this citywide drill (tentatively, our hubs at EC  Hughes, Pigeon Point, High Point and Fauntleroy). We’ll confirm that and post additional details soon. [Updated, 4/5/18] We’ve now finalized the list of hubs that will be activated, and have posted details here.

Please save the date!

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Disaster Skills Workshop to be taught in the Vietnamese language on April 7th!

On Saturday, April 7th, from 1 to 3 PM, the Office of Emergency Management will teach their popular Disaster Skills Workshop in the Vietnamese language in West Seattle. The class is free. It will be held at the High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond Street, Seattle, WA 98126).

Vietnamese Language Disaster Skills Workshop flyer - Vietnamese

Vietnamese Language Disaster Skills Workshop flyer - English

Please pass the word to those who may be interested! Attendees will learn how to control utilities (shut off water, gas, and power), how to use a fire extinguisher, and how to purify and store water for an emergency.

Following are the flyers in Vietnamese and English in .pdf format:

Vietnamese Language Disaster Skills Workshop -Vietnamese flyer

Vietnamese Language Disaster Skills Workshop -English flyer

Note that the Office of Emergency Management has many other resources in the Vietnamese language.

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