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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 Sara Lang on May 5, 2011 at 5:40pm
Thank you so much Peter Shaw for the links below and for your presentation.  I am working on 10 packets of the handouts we received for my neighbors and will be there this weekend. Will see you all there!
Comment by Joann Kerr on May 26, 2011 at 2:23pm
What is your best recommendation for a first aid kit or all emergency kit - build your own or buy a prepacked kit to start then add to it?
Comment by Janet Seki on May 26, 2011 at 7:44pm

I built mine a long time ago because I refined it with my family's needs right from the start. I don't need some things in a prepackaged kit. I have food, water, shelter, and sleeping gear.

Janet Seki



Comment by Theresa Edwards on May 26, 2011 at 8:51pm

First Aid kits are one type of emergency kit.  There are others that you can buy or build, for example: car kits, children’s kits, pet kits, evacuation kits, survival kits, etc.

If you’re just starting out and you don’t know what goes into a basic kit, I’d recommend you buy a good one or learn about kit options and create one that’s customized to your preferences.

A few considerations are your time, money, and special needs.

If you are very busy, buying a good kit might be your solution.

If you have some free time you might enjoy learning what goes into a kit and assembling it yourself.

If you have special needs like prescription drugs, etc. you’ll want to include those whether you buy or build.

I built my own kits but there are numerous companies that sell kits.  Just looking at all the stuff they offer is educational.  I am not recommending or endorsing these companies but if you look at their websites you’ll get some good ideas… and maybe a few laughs, too.

Red Cross Store

SOS Survival Products

Comment by Carol L. Kibble on June 2, 2011 at 11:55am

A guild meeting has been arranged for Saturday,  June 25th at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center from 1-3 pm.  Terri Johnstone, the Crime Prevention specialist at the North Precinct, will speak to us about the Blockwatch Program and strategies to get neighbors together, a topic many of us have expressed interest in. Tell anyone you know (via Facebook, Twitter, etc.) who you think might be interested.

Also,if you think you can, it's a good time to invite your neighbors to the August Night Out event, since many people may be making plans to go on vacation then, and it's important to get to them early!  You don't need to get everyone - just those who are already interested.

Comment by Carol L. Kibble on June 2, 2011 at 12:26pm

I need to correct the spelling of our speaker's name at the next guild meeting -- it is 'Terrie Johnston' - NOT 'Terri Johnstone'.  My apologies, Terrie!! 

   We are so fortunate to have her, as she is very willing and well-prepared to answer all our questions!!

Comment by Theresa Edwards on July 3, 2011 at 8:33am


Here are a couple of items I like:

From SOL:  Their compact Emergency Bivvy is stronger than most.  A good item to have in the car, we also take it on long, unsupported bike rides.  REI downtown has a large SOL display.

From SOS:  Their 4-in-1 Emergency Tool is great for turning off gas.  Coated so it won’t spark and very lightweight.


The list of exhibitors for the July 9th “What If? Expo” is growing!  Several of the companies specialize in emergency kits.

At the two Red Cross presentations - the first 15 students will receive a personal first aid kit. All students will receive a Red Cross flashlight/key chain.  A Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) will be on-hand with volunteers serving free Bottega Italiana gelato to the first 500 people.

There will be LOTS of give-aways at this event.

Comment by Peter Shaw on July 4, 2011 at 2:40pm

Today's All Things Considered had a great article on how connections with friends and neighbors are among the most important predictors of doing well in disasters (not fire trucks and ambulances):

"The Key To Disaster Survival? Friends And Neighbors"

Comment by Theresa Edwards on July 14, 2011 at 12:13pm


According to a Seattle City Light representative, last night's power outage was probably caused by a "failed switch".  The outage affected approximately 3,600 customers in the Wedgwood, Ravenna, and University District neighborhoods, including parts of the UW campus. The outage started around 7:30 pm and for many customers it lasted past mid-night.

Comment by Steve Lough on September 9, 2011 at 8:13am

Would like to attend.  Sunday is booked up for me from 2 pm till midnihgt.

Teaching the Electric Car Story at "Sustainable Burien" in the afternoon, and then a Moonlight picnic and hike at the top of Chinook Pass in the evening.

But we may be able to make part of this morning meeting .   Being a radio Guy

( N7GWG) would like to visit the Seatle EOC.


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