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Hubs Drill Set!  Cascadia Rising earthquake simulation, June 11, 2016

Please see the below flyers for information about the drill and the participating hubs.  We love to have people show up and become our citizen actors, to test how we accomplish our mission (and to train you to be ready to help in the event of a disaster!)

Cascadia Rising Hub Drill information

Cascadia Rising Hub Drill information

Locations of participating Hubs in the Cascadia Rising Drill June 11, 2016

Locations of participating Hubs in the Cascadia Rising Drill June 11, 2016

2015 Year in Review for the Hubs

Drills, training, outreach tables, presentations; the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs had a busy year!  We end the year with 51 hubs on the map and about 10 more in the process of getting organized.  Many of the individual hubs held special events and training and we made some great new partnerships.  Please see our Hubs 2015 Year In Review Newsletter Edition for all the details and pictures to boot.

 

 

City of Seattle Releases New Tool: the Seattle Hazard Explorer

 

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management website now features and series of interactive maps that highlight some of the city’s top hazards. Check out the Seattle Hazard Explorer and learn more about the hazards that impact Seattle. You can zoom in on your home, work place, or any other location to see what hazards are most likely to impact you. Information videos and other content provide more in depth explanations of each of the hazards. Make sure you look out for links to important preparedness information as well! You can access the Seattle Hazard Explorer via the link below:

View the Seattle Hazard Explorer

 

You can also access the Seattle Hazards Explorer by going to the “Hazards”
section of the Office of Emergency Management website at:

 

http://www.seattle.gov/emergency-management/hazards-and-plans/hazards

 

Western Washington 4.8 magnitude earthquake!

 

The strongest earthquake in the region for over a decade hit the Vancouver area on December 30th, 2015. This event has raised concerns with many Puget Sound residents about whether or not they are prepared for a disaster.
So what do you need to put in an “emergency kit” to keep in your car, office and your home to prepare yourself for the worst scenario? Do you have a plan of communication worked out with your family and the children? If the roads were closed and fire or medical services were unable to reach you, what are your options? Lucky for us we live in Seattle and our local government and individual resident volunteers are already gearing up to save lives and make a disaster in our city and neighborhoods more survivable.
Komo News covered the steps for Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness they interviewed the Seattle Emergency Hub Captains, Cindi Barker and Karen Berge, about their Volunteer activities as well as the Pacific Northwest Seismic Center.
The Seattle Emergency Hubs organization is a volunteer group of residents who practice emergency drills and training exercises on a regular basis. They coordinate these activities with other volunteer groups such as SNAP, CERT, Block Watch and ACS as well as City Management and Emergency services.
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Center had the perfect opportunity to test out their new equipment with this latest quake. They hope to have a mobile app ready soon so that residents can be alerted of future quake activity. Even so much as a 20 second alert can save lives.

How to prepare for emergency scenarios

 

Seattle Emergency Management Preparedness
Seismic Scenario Seattle
WA State Seismic Hazard Catalog

New Preparedness App available

New app helps remind you to take steps to prepare for diasters The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has just released a new application for your smartphone which sends you reminders to help keep your emergency kit and plan in top shape.  If you have taken the time to build your own kit and have […]

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Greenwood Natural Gas Explosion

Natural Gas Shut Off Disaster Preparedness Today we saw the devastation that can happen with a natural gas line explosion in a neighborhood.  Imagine that you smell gas after an earthquake…..do you know where to shut off the natural gas to your home, business or condominium?   Luckily, Seattle city government and groups of concerned […]

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Speaking of Sheltering

King County offers Faith Based Emergency Preparedness Planning As Hub Captains, we’ve been talking about how to engage our local churches, temples, and mosques in thinking about community sheltering needs in the event of a major disaster. This is for the short term, while the official government response is being put into place. One step […]

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