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

WEEKEND TRAFFIC FERRY DELAYS & SCHEDULES

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:06:01 +0000

Ferry Traffic Delays through the weekend and holiday schedule. Here’s a message from Washington State Ferries: July 4th Holiday Weekend traffic ferry delays have started. Expect on and off delays all weekend as visitors come to Vashon for this warm Holiday weekend. Now through Tuesday, plan on regular ferry delays due to heavy traffic from […]

CURRENT AND WEEKEND TRAFFIC FERRY DELAYS

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:32:22 +0000

Ferry Traffic Delays now and through the weekend Here’s a message from Washington State Ferries: July 4th Holiday Weekend traffic ferry delays have started. Expect on and off delays all weekend as visitors come to Vashon for this warm Holiday weekend. At the time of this posting, There is a one-hour wait at the Fauntleroy […]

WEEKEND TRAFFIC FERRY DELAYS

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:06:08 +0000

Weekend Traffic Ferry Delays Here’s a message from Washington State Ferries: Weekend traffic ferry delays have started. Expect on and off delays all weekend as visitors come to Vashon for this warm weather weekend with a number of popular events. At the time of this posting, There is a one-hour wait at the Fauntleroy dock. […]

WEEKEND EVENT FERRY DELAYS HAVE BEGUN + WEEKEND HEAT ADVISORY

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:44:24 +0000

Weekend traffic ferry delays have started. Expect off and on delays all weekend as visitors come to Vashon for this warm weather weekend with a number of popular events. At this posting, the wait at Fauntleroy dock was two hours. Several events will put pressure on the ferry system all weekend so plan ahead for […]

WEEKEND HEAT ADVISORY – EVENTS MAY DELAY FERRIES

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:44:31 +0000

As we go into the weekend, there is a heat advisory plus some events that are likely to cause delays on the ferry system. Plus, a new ferry schedule begins Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for this weekend starting midday tomorrow, Saturday. High temperatures on Vashon will be in the […]

REMINDER: FAUNTLEROY TOLLBOOTH CHANGES

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:01:33 +0000

Ferry Alert: Fa/Va/So: Here’s a reminder from the Washington State ferry system regarding the new Fauntleroy tollbooth procedure. Starting today, when boarding at Fauntleroy, all drivers must stop at the tollbooth to buy or redeem tickets. Drivers will receive a destination card and a receipt. You will no longer have to stop again for ticket […]

SOUTHWORTH TERMINAL DELAYS: 90 MINUTES

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:54:30 +0000

Ferry Alert: Fa/Va/So: Weekend traffic has been causing long lines on the Triangle Ferry Route. At the time of this posting the Southworth delay was 90 minutes. Please consult the Washington State Ferries Alert page for the most current delay information at: WSF Alerts This message was posted at 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, June 18th, […]

FAUNTLEROY TERMINAL DELAYS: 90 MINUTES

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:58:46 +0000

Ferry Alert: Fa/Va/So: Faunt/Va/SW – Fauntleroy Terminal Wait Time – 90 mins There is an estimated 90 minute wait for drivers departing Fauntleroy due to heavy vehicle traffic boarding the vessels. Updates will occur as conditions change.WSF Alerts This message was posted at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 17th, and will be updated as needed.

FAUNTLEROY TERMINAL DELAYS: 2 HOURS

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:42:18 +0000

Ferry Alert: Fa/Va/So: Friday evening traffic leading into the weekend has been causing long lines at the Fauntleroy dock. At the time of this posting the delay was two hours or more. Please consult the Washington State Ferries Alert page for the most current delay information at: WSF Alerts This message was posted at 5:30 […]

Power Up! VoV & Win an e-Bike

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:29:31 +0000

Yes, you can fulfill your wildest dreams of cycling in the fresh air and breathing easy up those Vashon hills when you take a chance on winning a $4,000 electric bicycle in VoV’s raffle. Just buy a ticket – or two or three – to enter Voice of Vashon’s eBike raffle now through July 31st.  Tickets are […]