Emergency Preparedness Drill This Saturday

Emergency Prepardness Drill this Saturday, October 29th, from 8:30AM – 11:30AM at the Hunter Farm

A disaster can strike at any moment.  Just ask Turkey, who suffered a terrible earthquake this past weekend.

Imagine a prolonged winter wind storm is gripping the City this Saturday.  Temperatures are cold, snow and ice are present, travelling is nearly impossible, power is out in many places, and…an earthquake can hit at any moment (wink, wink).  At times like this, what can you do to help your family and neighbors stay safe?  This is the purpose of NE Seattle’s new Emergency Hub at the Hunter Farm Gathering Place and the coordination among several NE Seattle community groups to make emergency preparedness a priority.

What is an Emergency Preparedness Drill?

It’s like a scavenger hunt, only bigger and more important.  NE Seattle will be participating in a Citywide emergency drill organized through the City’s Office of Emergency Management.  Emergency Hubs across the City will be activated.  For NE Seattle, amateur “Ham” radio operators from the community will function as liaisons between the City and teams of volunteers who go looking through the neighborhood and radio back signs of distress.  See, it’s like a big and important scavenger hunt!

Who can participate?

You!  Everyone!  There will be a need for people of all abilities as teams will go in the field and plenty to do at the Emergency Hub.  Bring your friends, family, and neighbors since everyone should know what to do in an emergency.

What to bring?

Wear sturdy shoes and suitable clothing for the weather.  Umbrellas are a GREAT idea if its raining to keep the not-exactly-waterproof radios dry.

More information can be found HERE.

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