WCC Wins Emergency Preparedness Grant

UPDATE: You can see all of the Small & Simple grant winners from this last round of funding HERE.  The WCC grant value is actually $13,431.

Good news on the Emergency Preparedness front. The Wedgwood Community Council has received a $13,000 grant from the City of Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) to help prepare Wedgwood and surrounding neighborhoods for major emergencies. Over the next 12 months, there will be a variety of events and trainings in our community focused on this.

The city of Seattle recognizes four levels of preparedness:

Individual preparedness: Every person and family is encouraged to have stored at least 3 days (7 days is better!) of water, food and emergency supplies.
Block-level preparedness: Neighbors are encouraged to meet and are prepared to work together and help each other in an emergency.
Neighborhood Preparedness: Community groups should each have a plan that is publicized and practiced, through which the community can assist with dealing with more major issues.
City Response: The city continues to plan for each type of disaster and how they will support all of us.

The Wedgwood Community Council, in conjunction with Sustainable NE Seattle and other community groups, will be using the grant funds to encourage preparations for individual, block-level and neighborhood preparedness.

Many of you have expressed the need for block-wide organization, both for preparedness and security, so we’re starting there. On March 15th, the WCC and Sustainable NE Seattle are hosting a training on how to “Map your Neighborhood” at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church. Details will be available soon, so stay tuned!

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