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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.

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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.

What our region has not learned from the Japan earthquake and tsunami

Here's an interesting article from The Seattle Times, originally published on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. …Continue

Started by Theresa Edwards Feb 26, 2014.

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Comment by Theresa Edwards on December 23, 2016 at 11:13am

2016-2017 SNOW ROUTE MAP - The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has issued their 2016-2017 snow route map. You can print it or pick up a paper copy at the library or Neighborhood Center. Here's a link to this season's electronic version: 

http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/docs/WW_2016_Map.pdf

 

There's a link to an interactive map on SDOT's Winter Weather page:

"During major winter storms, plan your trip by seeing where the snow plows have been and viewing traffic cameras."

http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/winterweather.htm

Comment by Leo Brodie on April 5, 2014 at 8:42am

Well said, David.

Comment by David Wilma on April 5, 2014 at 8:25am

The tragedy in Oso has highlighted new issues in emergency preparedness and response. In preparing for a calamity we naturally lay in the supplies and planning for things like interruption of utilities and services and even survival in place or on the road. But there are other scenarios that invite us to think about how to respond to disaster. 

Assuming that you and your family are safe and you have shelter and food, what else can you do? Many of us have trained as CERT volunteers and imagine the cinematic actions of rescue and first aid. In Oso, once the first responders deployed, those tasks were filled and the emergency managers were able to schedule staffing and other arrangements for rescue and recovery. The National Guard arrived. There are many more functions around a disaster response that are not so dramatic. Let's call these jobs second responders. 

As relief flowed in to the distressed communities like Darrington logicians were needed to manage everything from cash to gas cards (isolated residents were faced with longer commutes and more expense), to donations in kind like food and clothing. The fire departments and the National Guard do not do that. And managing relief supplies do not require safety vests or hard hats. 

How about vets for the service animals being used?

Financial and tax advisers can take a lot of stress off of those affected. Oso happened in the middle of tax time. People got too busy to file returns or even file extensions. There are other implications of relief that require good information from professionals. Again, no hard hat or safety vest. 

The first responders generally arrive with rations etc. The second responders might need some support too, meals and places to sleep. The officer in the Continental Army who went ahead and found places for everyone to sleep and camp was the Quartermaster. 

We should keep our eyes on the other responses needed. Any ideas?

Comment by Theresa Edwards on September 7, 2013 at 10:01pm

Hi Meg,

A good way to find ham radio classes, exam sessions, and other related events, is to check the following page: n7cfo.com   It's maintained by a guy at the Red Cross; a lot of us send him info to post.  Click on the top link that lists Western Washington Amateur Radio Licensing Classes, Training Classes, and Examination Sessions.

I highly recommend the series of classes at Emergency Services Coordinating Agency (ESCA) because their training is outstanding and the emphasis is on emergency communications; plus you'll meet lots of like-minded folks.  But that series starts at the end of September and lasts 8 weeks.

There will be a 2-day license prep class on November 9th and 16th at the Philadelphia Church in Ballard.  If that works better for you, contact the lead instructor, Daniel Stevens, and he'll help you get ready for it.  Here's his info:

Daniel Stevens Email: kl7wm@aol.com

If you want to study on your own and then take the exam, there are plenty of exam sessions.  Check the same web site for a current list.

Once you're licensed, you'll find lots of folks who serve as mentors in the emergency communications field.  Just state your interest in a class or exam session, or get back to me here, and I'll put you in touch with the people who do that.

All the best to you!

Theresa

Comment by Meg Wilkinson on September 7, 2013 at 9:05pm

I'm very interested in getting my ham radio license and getting some training and experience.  I'm not interested in being a hard-core hobbyist, but primarily as a skill to use in emergencies and other service projects.  It seems easy enough to study and take the test, but that would just leave me with a license and no real knowledge, experience, contacts, etc.  Are there any members here with knowledge, experience, willingness to serve as mentor, etc.?  I don't have time to get started on this immediately, but should have time beginning in early November.   

Comment by Theresa Edwards on May 21, 2013 at 8:45pm

There's a good article in the Seattle PI this week:

"Just how devastating will earthquakes be in Washington?"

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Just-how-devastating-will-ea...

Comment by Patrick Linder on March 4, 2013 at 3:08pm
Hi All,
The Lake City Emergency Communication Hub is starting up this month. See below: 
The Lake City Emergency Communication Hub Steering Committee will be meeting monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month starting this month at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 12509 27th Ave NE. All of our meetings are open, but it is not just that we'd be glad to have you come, we need to have more people involved. Come and see what our plans are and learn how you can help your family, your neighborhood, and your community get ready for a major disaster.
 
Our next meeting is March 27th, 7-8:30 pm. We will be meeting in the Lamb of God Board Room of the Education Wing. Starting in April, we'll meet downstairs at Lamb of God. We'll post signs so you can find your way.
Comment by Theresa Edwards on February 26, 2013 at 10:47am

Check out these previously unpublished photos of the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake.  The Seattle P. I. has published an article and photo gallery remembering the quake that hit 12 years ago this week.

Photo Gallery:

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Nisqually-earthquake-2001-Pr...

Article:

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Nisqually-earthquake-2001-Pr...

Comment by Patrick Linder on February 13, 2013 at 2:05pm
Mark your calendars!
 
Red Cross has a new campaign: “Safe in the Sound”: http://safeinthesound.org/
 
As part of Safe in the Sound, they will be hosting a series of webinars throughout the year!
 
You can register here if you’re interested. 
 
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013---Earthquake Mitigation Strategies
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013---Pet Preparedness
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013---Summer Safety: Water and Heat
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013---Firework Safety
Wednesday, August 14th, 2013---Workplace Hazards
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013---Flu Preparedness
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013---Flood Preparedness
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013---Severe Weather
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013---Vehicle/Driving/Travel Safety
Comment by Theresa Edwards on January 15, 2012 at 8:30am

SNOW ROUTE MAP - The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recently issued an updated snow route map.  Here's a link to the electronic version: 

http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/winterweather.htm

 

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