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Emergency Communications Drill at Wedgwood Hub

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Emergency Communications Drill at Wedgwood Hub

Time: May 19, 2012 from 9am to 12pm
Location: Hunter Tree Farm Gathering Place
Street: 7744 35th Ave NE
City/Town: Seattle, WA 98125
Event Type: emergency, drill
Organized By: Joann Kerr
Latest Activity: May 18, 2012

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Event Description

Communication is key in an emergency. Are our communities ready? The truth is – our neighborhoods may need to be responsible for our own communications regarding what is
happening during a disaster. This is why we are practicing. All volunteers are welcome to come learn how the HUB will function during an emergency.

This drill will help all participants learn how to get information relayed to others in the community and  to disaster response services.
All Welcome.

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Comment by Theresa Edwards on May 2, 2012 at 10:47pm

Yes, as the saying goes: "It takes a village".

Comment by Anne Foster Angelou on May 2, 2012 at 10:43pm

I'm not sure what I'm taking on but feel inclined to do so.  I have some health and mobility issues but if I do the phone/email/personal contact work in my immediate area, I can pair up with someone younger and more physically able to be my co-captain.

Comment by Theresa Edwards on May 2, 2012 at 10:40pm

Hi Anne,

It sounds like your neighborhood is really on the ball!  Good on you for taking on the role of block captain.  I did the same thing 9 years ago on my block.  The SNAP program is an excellent way to get to know folks on your block.

The Emergency Communications Hubs cover a much larger area than one block.  Each neighborhood in Seattle can have a hub or 'gathering place'.  A hub is a pre-located site where neighbors meet and share information on local situations, needs, and resources.  Volunteer citizens relay messages to and from their neighbors, other hubs, and the City of Seattle.

The hubs are part of a city-wide emergency communications effort but the hub mission is accomplished solely through community volunteers.

There will be two hubs in NE Seattle this spring - one at the Wedgwood Hunter Farms location, and a new hub in Maple Leaf at Maple Leaf Park (the southeast corner).

I recommend people go to the hub closest to where they live because that's realistic. You'll meet the folks you'd be working with if there were a disaster.  Just like on your block - it's a good idea to get to know those people in advance.

It's really wonderful that you're taking the initiative to do this!

All the best to you!

~ Theresa

Comment by Anne Foster Angelou on May 2, 2012 at 10:15pm

By the way, I (Anne Angelou) live on Bartlett Avenue N.E. in Lake City between NE 113th and NE 115th.  We will not only inform our own block but those on other blocks nearby.  I am gathering a list of house addresses, phone numbers, emails, names of residents and information about pets.  Part of the City handouts included a sign to place in the front window.  One side says OK and the other says HELP.  We were also instructed to check on houses with no sign in the window (after a disaster) because it may mean they are injured and unable to post the sign.

Comment by Anne Foster Angelou on May 2, 2012 at 10:11pm

Our neighbors attended an earthquake preparedness meeting last week.  We have to limit each captain's area of responsibility.  I suggested our own block where there are 16 families--I offered to be the block captain.  People from several different block areas attended the same meeting.  The presenter was from City of Seattle Emergency Management SNAP.  Is this our own thing for NE Sustainable Seattle or will there be a City of County official presenting?  In any case, we should plan to come.  The City staff person had several very informative handouts and a small flashlight device that she distributed.

Comment by Theresa Edwards on May 2, 2012 at 8:31pm

Is the Maple Leaf community part of Sustainable NE Seattle?

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