Recent Blogs

Author: Created: 11/4/2014 3:34 PM
Join me and your fellow NERO captains and coordinators as we identify best practices for community preparedness.
By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 9/14/2015 8:41 AM

VashonAlliedArts.org hosts an important lecturer on earthquakes, coming to Vashon in November.

By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 9/1/2015 9:31 AM
Best practice: Start small, maybe, but do start.
By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 6/2/2015 8:55 PM

1) People of mountain villages and island communities may be similarly vulnerable in the event of severe disruption of critical systems and services.
2) Governments and NGOs will be hard-pressed to help, especially in outlying areas.
3) Household and community resilience may make the most difference during rescue, recovery, and rebuilding.

By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 4/18/2015 11:23 AM
Find me at the NERO table next Saturday.
By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 4/18/2015 10:36 AM

Twenty-six students completed CERT training; what will they do next?

 

Best practice: train, cross-train, review, practice, drill!

By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 2/3/2015 4:29 PM

Opportunity for free training from experts in first aid, search and rescue, and other disaster response topics.

(UPDATE: CERT class is now full, but express your interest to get on the list for the next class.)

Best practice: Engaging in community preparedness helps us get better at household preparedness

By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 2/3/2015 4:14 PM
Best practice: take advantage of good weather to review the basics
By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 2/3/2015 10:33 AM
Vashon Community Emergency Response Team training opportunity

Best practice: engaging in ongoing, varied and specialized training programs makes participants even more resourceful for supporting their families and neighborhoods
By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 11/24/2014 8:43 AM

Best practice: keep useful and comfy items in your car, to navigate seasonal surprises

By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 11/17/2014 8:18 PM

Best practice: communicate periodically via social media or whatever medium suits your group.

By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 11/17/2014 7:03 PM

Best practice: get informed about local hazards, and how to mitigate them for your home and neighborhood.

Best practice: celebrate milestones together, and reward outstanding accomplishments!

By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 11/10/2014 6:03 PM

Best practice: laminated map of your NERO, plus colored stickers to designate the status of each household.

Best practice: after an incident, use maps and forms to assess your neighborhood, then call 9-1-1 to report up.

Best practice: have older buildings reviewed by a contractor to make sure they have had seismic (earthquake) retrofits.

By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 11/4/2014 3:35 PM

Best practice: combine Neighborhood Emergency Response Organizations with Block Watch.

Best practice: meet at least annually with your neighbors, to refresh information and include new residents.

Best practice: invite experts who can help you organize, provide useful tools, and support your efforts.

All Blogs

The most recent blogs are above. Click here to see all blogs, with searching, month by moth views and more. Click Here to see OLD (2010 & earlier) news from the IslandImage's original VashonBePrepared web site. (Thanks Dan!)

Emergency Bulletins

Click here to view Vashon Emergency Operations Center (EOC) emergency bulletins. See below for additional sources of local and regional emergency news.

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 […]