On Saturday, May 19th, 50 volunteers from NE Seattle joined forces at Wedgwood’s Emergency Hub, located at Hunter Tree Farm, for an emergency drill. The City of Seattle was testing the emergency communications systems, with a scenario of a terrorist attack that took down normal communications, bridges, mass transit, and caused many people to fall ill. Seattle Police, Fire and Utilities were all involved, with all area hospitals and many other support organizations. Neighborhood hubs throughout the city were activated, including Wedgwood and, for the first time, Maple Leaf.
The morning activity was fun and seemed to be enjoyed by all. Participants took turns as community members seeking or offering help, then many were able to step into roles at the hub. The goals of the day included both testing the radio communications between Wedgwood and other Hubs, as well as training new people in the roles of the hub. We were successful in both.
There will be another Hub drill in September. If you are interested in becoming involved in NE Seattle Emergency Preparations, please click here and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.
See pictures here: http://neseattleprepares.shutterfly.com/
Thank you to all who came, as well as to the organizers: Tom Donnelly, Chandra Everest, JoAnn Keenan, Joann Kerr, Peter Shaw and Bill Dock.