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By John Cornelison on 2/21/2017 8:46 AM

Date: May 5th, 6th, 7th.

Hours: 5th - 6PM to 9PM, 6th - 9AM to 5PM, 7th - 10AM to 3PM. Testing will start at 3PM.**

**Testing for any level amateur license will be available and open to anyone. Cost $15.

Cost: $35 + student to purchase The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 3rd. Edition. Cost varies between Kindle version and paperback. $19 - $26

Place: Vashon Island Fire & Rescue, Main Station 55 - SW Bank Rd.

Training class will prepare the participant to take the technician's level amateur radio test being given Sunday, May 7th.

Contact Sharon Danielson AE7SD for additional information. kharazi (at) aol.com

By John Cornelison on 1/25/2017 7:06 AM
Emergency Preparedness & Response: A Half Day Basic Class on February 4 ... OR ...A 45-hour Course Packed With Skills Participation in CERT is highly rewarding for both you and your neighbors. If community support when problems arise is important to you, CERT will likely be an extraordinarily positive experience.  CERT originated in Los Angeles in 1994 to support the city fire department, and has been enhanced and extended to hundreds of communities by FEMA to help citizens safely help each other in various emergencies.   The rewards are: Increased safety at your home & businessIncreased personal preparedness for windstorms, earthquakes and power outages New life-saving and first aid skillsIncreased self-confidence New friendsParticipation in the Vashon communityStylish green hard-hat and hi-vis vest (for team) Requirements to be on the active team: Vashon resident - full-time or part-time Very basic physical fitnessBasic CERT course (3 parts; see back of this flyer) Several additional Vashon-specific...
By John Cornelison on 1/4/2017 8:35 AM
1-4-2017 at 8.25.05 AMA number of devastating earthquakes and powerful storms made 2016 the costliest twelve months for natural catastrophe losses in the last four years. Losses totaled US$ 175bn, a good two-thirds more than in the previous year, and very nearly as high as the figure for 2012 (US$ 180bn). The share of uninsured losses – the so-called protection or insurance gap – remained substantial at around 70%....
By John Cornelison on 11/18/2016 8:54 AM
CERT.512x324A few good (but currently inactive) CERTies needed for January 20 and 27 Refresher

The Refresher is an 8-hour review of medical and SAR (Search and Rescue), plus lots of updates for people who took the basic course awhile ago and would like to join the active team.  The course is held in two 4-hour sessions on Friday evenings.

If you’re currently active with CERT and would like to help with medical or an...
By John Cornelison on 11/4/2016 4:06 PM
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today issued a directive to state agencies to bolster Washington state efforts to prepare for a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.

The directive establishes a new Resilient Washington subcabinet charged with providing a coordinated approach to preparing for and responding to a major earthquake or tsunami. The subcabinet’s efforts will address everything from educating the public about personal preparedness to planning for major disruptions to utility and fuel services and destruction of major roads, bridges and airports. The subcabinet will also develop recommendations and plans for ensuring availability of medical and human service operations.

“We know the question isn’t ‘if’ a large-scale earthquake will happen in our state, but how well we will be prepared,” Inslee said. “While there’s no way to fully anticipate all the impacts a large-scale earthquake will have on our infrastructure,...
By John Cornelison on 10/23/2016 2:52 PM
The Seattle Times took a look at the Cascadia Rising final draft report: we failed.

Not so much Vashon, but the state.

The article is at:

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-states-plan-for-megaquake-grossly-inadequate-review-finds/

The draft report is at:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3152696-CR16-State-AAR-Final-Draft-Oct-21-2016.html

Executive Summary Overarching Conclusions A large magnitude Cascadia Subduction Zone fault earthquake and tsunami is perhaps one of the most complex disaster scenarios we face as emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest. Due to this complexity, life-saving and life-sustaining response operations will hinge on the effective coordination...
By John Cornelison on 10/21/2016 11:23 AM
2016 Patient PosterThe Seattle/King County Clinic is a giant four-day FREE clinic.

Healthcare professionals from around the region volunteer to provide quality dental, vision, and medical care.  Patients receive free healthcare services including dental fillings and extractions, complete eye exams, free prescription eyeglasses, mammograms, Pap smears, flu vaccine, foot care, and much more.

When:

Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30

Where:

Tickets will be distributed at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, 200 Thomas St (2nd North & Thomas St).  The Clinic will be held at Key Arena at Seattle Center, 401 1st Ave N Seattle, WA 98109

Patient outreach:...
By John Cornelison on 10/20/2016 3:41 PM
VashonBePrepared held its annual meeting yesterday at the Vashon Emergency Operations Center.

A simple affair this year, many of our partner organizations reviewed the last year’s activities and plans for the year and the coming year. See our list of accomplishments which soon should reflect some of these activities.

A key item ahead is to hopefully upgrade the VIFR Training Center, and merge our EOC into this larger location.

VashonBePrepared’s board then voted in a new set of bylaws, which cleaned up some antiquated language, but primarily enlarged the number of our partner organizations – many of whom have been participating informally for years:

New VashonBePrepared Partners Vashon Island School District (VISD) Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) Voice of Vashon (VoV) Vashon Chamber of Commerce ACS (replaces Vashon Maury Island Radio Club) ...
By John Cornelison on 10/14/2016 8:25 AM

	Woman cleaning inside of home after a storm.Most homes on Vashon are well built against the seasonal rains and water we face. Still, if a drain clogs, or the incoming rain is heavier than the system can take you may still wind up with a flooded basement or other area of your home.

FEMA has a number of guidelines borne of experience for how homeowners can handle floods. Although focused on floods from Hurricane Mathew out east, many of the same guidelines apply to floods that may occur on Vashon.

Check out FEMA’s flood clean-up guidelines here.

By John Cornelison on 10/14/2016 8:13 AM


As a glance outside will show, we’re currently experiencing a strong storm. Actually there are two storms, one a day away from the other.

Check local weather reports (e.g., NOAA or Weather Underground) for the latest reports as the predictions are changing fairly quickly.

In addition to the checklist on our website, here are some other points that may be helpful in your winter storm season preparations:

Water - If possible,...
By John Cornelison on 9/27/2016 11:50 AM

Seattle Colleges has generously offered to host an Incident Command System 100/200/700 Combination Course at no charge.

The course will be held Thu, October 13, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at South Seattle College, 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA.

If you are interested in participating in any of the VashonBePrepared groups, this is an excellent way to get up to speed on the terminology and concepts used on Vashon – and throughout the United States.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/incident-command-system-100200700-combo-course-tickets-27103829283

By John Cornelison on 9/27/2016 11:37 AM
Proclamation_Seattle_2016_Emergency_Preparedness_MonthIn an effort to prepare Seattle communities for ‘The Big One’ and other disasters Seattle may face, Mayor Murray has proclaimed October 2016 as Emergency Preparedness Month.

Please join the Office...
By John Cornelison on 6/11/2016 6:53 AM
CascadiaFeatureThanks to All Who Participated What a team! How is it possible that so many people can work together for four days and achieve so much?

The answer: It's what Vashon is all about, isn't it? Neighbors helping neighbors.

Many thanks to everyone who came to "play" in Vashon's Cascadia Rising earthquake exercise.

We had many new faces and our mailing list (http://goo.gl/qk7zTf)...
By John Cornelison on 5/21/2016 10:27 AM
Download a PDF version of this brochure (with better layout!) by clicking here.

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue Welcomes National Guard VIFR Chief Hank Lipe A Note from Fire Chief Hank Lipe Nobody could ever truly be ready for an earthquake as bad as the Cascadia scenario. It will overwhelm even the best efforts of our small fire district and the many organizations and volunteers in the VashonBePrepared coalition.

But Islanders are resilient and I know we will all work together as neighbors to take care of each other as best we can until mainland help arrives. Still, a community’s response to a large scale disaster is only as good as its planning and training. That’s...
By John Cornelison on 5/4/2016 5:09 PM
AlertKC-color King County is investing in a new regional public emergency alert and notification system which features a public alert service - ALERT King County - to keep residents informed about significant events or emergency situations.

ALERT King County replaces RPIN (Regional Public Information & Notification) and uses the capable CodeRED software to drive the system.

The new software offers enhanced features that allow officials to more precisely target...

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Vashon Emergency News

Vashon Emergency NewsThere are many sources for emergency information, however they may not all be available or accessible after a disaster. VashonBePrepared, under the aegis of Vashon Fire & Rescue and ultimately the King County Office of Emergency Management attempts to distribute information during emergencies to these sources:

If the event is serious enough, written copies of the information are also likely to be posted at local fire stations on Vashon and Maury Island: Vashon (#55), Burton (#56), Tahlequah (#57), Dockton (#58) & North End (#59).

VoV Alert System News Feed

POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:29:19 +0000

This is a message from Puget Sound Energy: Power Outages restoration times for Tahlequah and Maury Island have been modified to later in the afternoon. Estimates now indicate a 16:00 time for Tahlequah and 13:30 for Maury Island. With the wind advisory until 6pm this evening, expect that there may be more before the storm […]

POWER OUTAGE IN TAHLEQUAH AND MAURY ISLAND

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:48:18 +0000

Wind Causing Power Outages This is a message from Puget Sound Energy: There have been reports of power outages in Tahlequah (126) and parts of Maury Island (26). Restoration times are approx. 10am for Tahlequah and 9:30am for parts of Maury Island. With the wind advisory until 6pm this evening, expect that there may be […]

SPECIAL EVENT ROAD CLOSURE

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:01:07 +0000

Vashon Highway Closed for March & Music Video Shoot. This is a message regarding road closures is provided by The Vashon Chamber of Commerce in coordination with King County Roads, Public Safety & Real Estate Services: VASHON HIGHWAY ROAD CLOSURE: Sunday December 18th 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM Click Here for a Map Vashon Highway […]

NOTIFICATION: WATER TAXI CANCELLED

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 02:06:22 +0000

King County Water Taxi Cancelled for balance of day Here’s a message from Washington State Ferries: Due to high winds, King County Water Taxi service for Vashon is cancelled for the remainder of the day. Regular service for West Seattle is running as scheduled. For more information, please visit the WSF website at http://kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/WaterTaxi.aspx This […]

SNOW ROUTES FOR METRO AND LATE START FOR VASHON SCHOOLS

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:33:35 +0000

Snow Routes and School Opening Delay This is information from Vashon School District and King County Metro: All routes in Metro’s East and Southwest snow area are currently operating via their designated snow routing and may also be delayed due to weather, road and traffic conditions. This affects Routes 119 & 119 which are Vashon […]

DEC. 8 – WINTER STORM WARNING

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:27:56 +0000

National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory in effect from 4 pm this afternoon to 8 am Friday. A weather system will move from south to north over Western Washington tonight. With cold air in place, precipitation will start as snow tonight before changing to rain by daybreak Friday. Snowfall accumulations of 1 […]

STORM ADVISORY

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:16:28 +0000

Storm Advisory This is information & tips from The National Weather Service: As of 2:50 p.m. on Monday, A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM PST TUESDAY. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM PST TUESDAY. SNOW SHOWERS ARE […]

WINTER STORM WARNING

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:10:04 +0000

Storm Update Winter Storm Warning issued December 03 at 1:38PM PST until December 04 at 12:00PM PST by NWS Seattle WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST SUNDAY. TIMING…THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL BE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. SNOW AMOUNTS…10 TO 20 INCHES OF NEW SNOW IS EXPECTED WITH THE HIGHER AMOUNTS NEAR STEVENS […]

HOLIDAY EVENT ROAD CLOSURES

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:03:39 +0000

Vashon Highway Closed During WinterFest Weekend Santa Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This is a message from The Vashon Chamber of Commerce: VASHON HIGHWAY ROAD CLOSURES: Saturday December 3rd 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM Click Here for a Map Vashon Highway and small section of Bank Road will be closed between for the annual […]

HIGHWAY CLOSURE DUE FIRE

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:45:46 +0000

Vashon Highway Closed due to Fire at Propane Yard. This is a message from The Voice of Vashon Alert Team: Vashon Highway is closed from Cemetery Road at the north end to 204th at the south due to a fire the the intersection at the Vashon Energy facility at 204th and Vashon Highway. VIFR is […]