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Emergency Prepare

This guild will learn best practices for getting our community and our neighbors ready for any emergency. Will include collaboration with municipal agencies that have systems in place, such as Block Watch networks.

Members: 58
Latest Activity: Feb 5

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2018/2019 Winter Weather Brochure and Snow Route Map

The City of Seattle’s annual Winter Weather Brochure and Snow Route Map has a large map of Seattle's snow and ice routes, lists important telephone numbers and websites to use during winter storms,…Continue

Started by Theresa Edwards Feb 5.

Task A Month for Personal/Family Emercency Preparedness

We, SustainableNESeattle (SusNE) NESeattlePrepares and RBCA, are introducing a new project (September to May) to help our neighbors and communities in the building of our home emergency preparedness…Continue

Started by Joann Kerr Oct 6, 2016.

BioChar Cook Stove in Tool Library for Emergency preparedness and other uses.

I'm putting on a BioChar Stove Class at the Tool Library to place one there for loan out and community use.It works well in 'off grid' situations, mainly for quick cooking, boiling water, and with a…Continue

Tags: BBQ, BioiChar, sanitation, off-grid, Preparedness

Started by Larry James Oct 10, 2014.

So you want to be a HAM (radio operator)? Read on... 10 Replies

I've received several questions about HAM radio so here's some really basic information.  First, before you can transmit legally, you need to get an FCC amateur radio license.  Fortunately it has…Continue

Tags: radio, ACS, ARRL, preparedness, emergency

Started by Theresa Edwards. Last reply by David Wilma Jun 26, 2014.

Comment Wall

Comment by JoAnn Keenan on March 17, 2011 at 10:54pm
(Now I'm able to type here!) Interested and would like to learn more.
Comment by Chris Herman on March 17, 2011 at 11:30pm

Having been a FEMA Reservist, Hazard Mitigation Specialist for 22 years and been deployed on 31 disasters, I can give a bit of advice for earthquake preparedness. If you have natural gas or propane to your home, you should definately get an earthquake valve installed. It costs $300 installed and shuts off the flow of gas to the house when the ground shakes. It mounts between the meter and the house and can be re-set by the homeowner. I got one installed and feel much safer. Fires destroyed more homes after the '89 Loma Prieta quake than the quake did. Water lines get broken, roads are impassable and the fire dept. is busy saving lives, not protecting property. All it takes is 1 small leak and a spark to burn down a house. I would also recommend getting a plug-in CO sensor mounted on the ceiling of rooms with fuel burning appliances. The battery only ones don't always work if not maintained. And if your home isn't bolted to the foundation, that is a good idea too. It cost me $3,000 a few years ago. I used Sound Seismic for my retrofit and A-ffix for my EQ valve, though any mechanical contractor can do an EQ valve.

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Comment by Susan Helf on March 18, 2011 at 8:19am
I'm glad this guild has been started. I'd like to get my house attached to my foundation. Can anybody give me a referral to a contractor?
Comment by David Johnson on March 18, 2011 at 2:25pm

Information and permit process for retrofitting your home to better withstand earthquakes may be found at:


This page summarizes the City's home retrofit program and includes lots of downlaodable informationincluding standard plans for attaching a residence to a foundation.

Comment by Chris Herman on March 18, 2011 at 4:51pm
Susan, I think I did give a referral, in fact I gave 2. Sound Seismic, the Jackson Brothers and A-Ffix, Bruce Shoonmaker. Either one would do a good job for a reasonable price. Be advised that if your home doesn't meet all the criteria of the std. plans from the City that you may need to get a structural engineer to add some details. Still well worth doing.
Comment by Ken Cousins on March 19, 2011 at 10:14am
I suppose I should lurk for a bit before throwing in suggestions, but what the hell - perhaps it might be useful to map the resources throughout NE that might be rather useful (prior to and) during an emergency (e.g., city services, but also water cisterns, shelters, community centers, hardware stores ...).
Comment by Joann Kerr on March 19, 2011 at 11:33am
Ken, We actually did some of that mapping about a year ago so we will pull out the map and see what has changed and add to it with an emphasis on emergency.
Comment by Virginia on March 19, 2011 at 12:00pm
First, though, we need to get ourselves ready.  If we aren't personally prepared, we won't be able to help others.  For this purpose, I'm in the process of creating a "bug out" bag, a fully packed backpack to grab if I have to leave quickly.
Comment by Ken Cousins on March 19, 2011 at 2:19pm
Thanks Joann. I'd be very interested in seeing that map, when it's posted. We're already pretty set otherwise, though our concern is less about "bugging out" than about getting by without utilities for several days.
Comment by Susan Helf on March 19, 2011 at 3:15pm


Thanks for the excellent referrals. I like the idea of an automatic shut-off valve for the gas.


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