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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Changes to our radio check-in schedule

Our West Seattle emergency communication hubs are part of a citywide GMRS radio network that will be activated during a disaster. On Monday evenings at 8 PM, we typically test our GMRS radios and systems.

Our check-in day and time will not change, but going forward the check-in will be more informal. As well, we will only test one channel (rather than two channels) each week. The full announcement and details follow:

This is a weekly on-air talk around to test our radios and antennas.  There will not be a formal net, please come up on the weekly designated channel and connect with other GMRS hub radio operators.  Share announcements, compare radios signal strength, meet new operators.  This change was made so it can be more informal and accessible for our new radio operators and to encourage more participation.

1st Monday of the month – Channel 1

2nd Monday of the month – Channel 2

3rd Monday of the month – Channel 4

4th Monday of the month – Channel 6

5th Monday of the month – no test (although the meeting notice might still show up)


If you would like to learn net protocols, listen to the ACS check-in’s at 7:00 on the  Repeater.

Some of the Seattle emergency communication hub volunteers are also part of the Seattle ACS (Auxiliary Communications Service) radio network; that check-in takes place at 7 PM. To learn more about the repeater, visit the Puget Sound Repeater Group (PSRG) site Puget Sound Repeater Group (PSRG) site.

You are welcome to listen to these radio check-in’s, or join the conversation if you have your license!

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Upcoming classes on Hands-Only CPR and Stroke, plus others!

We’re beginning to receive and see announcements about preparedness classes.

This series includes a session in High Point (and two in other locations) about Hands-Only CPR and Stroke, from Recreation Specialist, Carol Baxter-Clubine, City of Seattle.

Hands-Only CPR & Stroke classes

Here are the dates for our February and March classes.  Please register for
these classes, they do fill quickly.  Information on who to call is listed
below each session.

Take this one hour class to learn about hands on CPR and how to recognize
signs of a stroke. You will come away with the ability to recognize serious
medical emergencies and how to communicate and collaborate with 9-1-1
dispatchers. This is not a certification class.  This class is intended for
seniors, 50 and older.

These classes are brought to you through a collaboration of Seattle Parks
and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Programs, King County EMS, and the UW Public Health Students.

Feb. 21, Wed                                      10-11 am             #172266
Garfield Community Center           2323 E Cherry St, 98122
Call 206-684-4240 to register

March 13, Tues                                  6:00-7:00 pm    #172112
High Point Community Center       6920 34th Ave SW, 98126
Call 206-935-2162 to register

March 14, Wed                                       10:30-11:30 am          #172342
Rainier Community Center                 4600 38th Ave S 98118
Call 206-684-7484 to register

We are working on developing more classes for those who can only attend in the evening, and will be getting that information out once we have finalized the details.

Other emergency preparedness training sessions:  If you are interested in the ongoing training sessions (such as Basic Aid, Disaster Skills, or Light Search and Rescue) offered by the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, you’ll find information about them here:

At the moment, I only see one session offered near West Seattle during February and March. Light Seach and Rescue will be offered on March 19th, 6 to 8 PM, at the SFD’s Joint Training Facility (JTF) on Myers Way S. Register via the Event Calendar link above.

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Reminder: Thursday, 10/19, at 10:19 AM, is the Great ShakeOut!

The annual Great ShakeOut takes place this coming Thursday, 10/19, at 10:19 AM!

We hope you can take a few minutes to physically practice earthquake preparedness. As well, please give some thought about where you would to Drop – Cover – Hold in the many other places where you typically spend time.

More details and info about how to register for the drill are below:

As we noted last year, this event may provide a reality check if you don’t see good safe locations around you. You may need to take steps to secure items that could fall on you and/or do some decluttering!

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Donation from VIEWS will help fund new equipment for our West Seattle Hubs!

We’re thrilled and grateful that we are among three organizations that received a donation from VIEWS in late September! West Seattle Blog has more  details here.

Many thanks to VIEWS for their support of the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs!

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Congratulations to our own Cindi Barker!

We learned today that Cindi Barker has received national recognition as a Community Preparedness Champion from FEMA for her ongoing efforts to establish emergency communication hubs throughout Seattle, as well as those here in West Seattle.

The West Seattle Blog has the details here!

Cindi’s tireless emergency preparedness efforts here in West Seattle date back more than 10 years with an Emergency Preparedness Seminar in 2007, and the roll-out of our first Emergency Communication Hubs in 2008. She also leads the citywide Seattle Neighborhood Hubs effort.

Congratulations, Cindi!


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