Emergency Preparedness – Is Your Block Prepared?

Emergency Preparedness Meeting
– Open To All NE Seattle Residents –

Thursday, March 15th from 6:30 to 9:00PM
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE)

At some point in the future, Seattle will get hit by a major earthquake. Hopefully that will be decades or centuries from now, but it is too predictable an event to not make basic preparations which will help reduce the impact of such an occurrence. The Wedgwood Community Council and Sustainable NE Seattle, therefore, are working throughout the year to encourage preparedness.

Once individuals have taken care of their basic individual preparedness needs (see 3days3ways.org), they often want to take the next step to organize with their neighbors. On Thursday, March 15th, the Wedgwood Commuity Council and Sustainable NE Seattle are hosting a meeting which will demonstrate one way that neighbors can come together to create an emergency plan.

The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 9:00, Thursday, March 15th at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE). This meeting will focus on how to organize your street or block. There will be a short video called “Map Your Neighborhood”,with moderator-led activities and discussion designed to get us ready to plan our responses to potential emergencies. Those who want to take the first step to organize their block will be provided with the information and materials needed to start the process.

Expect to hear from local experts in emergency response, and to have an opportunity to meet and network with neighbors who share common goals. This will be a fun event, with lots of information, answers, and even incentive gifts. Please join us if you have any questions or interest in nighborhood organization. All NE Seattle residents are welcome to participate.

2 Replies to “Emergency Preparedness – Is Your Block Prepared?”

  1. At the 3/15 mtg., someone mentioned an upcoming HUB drill on 5/19. I cannot find any information about it online. Can someone please confirm if/when this is happening (including specific hours), and which HUBs are participating? I thought I heard this will be a city-wide drill. If it is happening, I would like to promote it in the congregation I attend as soon as possible. Thank you for your help!

  2. I found the information:

    City-wide Emergency Hub Drill–Saturday May 19, 2012 from 9am to 12pm
    Wedgwood Location: Hunter Farm Gathering Place (7744 35th Ave NE,98115)
    RSVP to neseattleprepares@gmail.com if you plan to participate

    (Community members are also invited to stop by for a few minutes that day just to see what a hub does firsthand!)

    A hub is a pre-located site where neighbors can meet and share information on local situations, needs, and resources should a disaster happen. Volunteer citizens relay messages to and from their neighbors, other hubs, and the City of Seattle. For people who participate on May 19th there will be a variety of roles and types of radios involved.

    The Seattle Office of Emergency Management conducts emergency communications drills on a regular basis to build strong neighborhood partnerships in preparation for surviving disasters. Although the hubs are part of a city-wide emergency communications effort, the hub mission is accomplished solely through community volunteers.

    Visit Emergency Prepare at:
    http://sustainableneseattle.ning.com/groups/group/show?id=2516423%3AGroup%3A16181&xg_source=msg_mes_group

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