VashonBePrepared and Vashon Island Fire & Rescue has partnered with Voice of Vashon to create and maintain a single alert service for Vashon Island residents, workers, schoolchildren and other guests. The email list is dedicated to keeping people informed, comfortable and safe.
Major infrastructure improvements to the VoV Emergency Alert Service funded by community organizations made this possible in May 2015. Now everyone can access a carefully curated alert service that posts a wide variety of news for folks on the island:
- Ferry delays and cancellations,
- Inclement weather updates,
- Emergency services (family and pet reunification, shelter locations, food and water availability after an earthquake or other serious event),
- Water outages,
- Accident, traffic and road reports, and
- Other urgent news affecting islanders.
This free service currently uses Constant Contact which allows users to maintain their own subscriptions and opt out of the alert system at any time.The list is a great way to get the latest, authoritative information during an emergency - and during routine situations too!
In May 2015 we merged the Voice of Vashon and VashonBePrepared email lists to create a new list for Vashon's Emergency Alert System. We call it a system because you can also receive alerts on 1650AM, Voice of Vashon and VashonBePrepared websites, VoV's Facebook page and on the free VoV smartphone app.
The new service pools emergency information into a single source of email notices on power outages, storms, ferry disruptions and even worse emergencies that we hope the Island never faces.
We hope you'll take advantage of this new service but, if you do decide to opt out later, each alert email will have a way to do that.
This is a great way to receive authoritative information directly from Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) and/or VashonBePrepared during critical events affecting Vashon and Maury Island residents and businesses.
How to Sign Up
There is now one simple way to sign up. Simply go to the VoiceOfVashon signup page at Constant Contact.
Breaking News for Citizens in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties
Although not as useful in the past, another option for receiving information on road closings, bus route changes and information on other surrounding areas, consider also signing up with the Regional Public Information Network (http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare/RPIN.aspx). In the past is used to generate considerable numbers of email (from maybe 1 to over a dozen on really busy days) depending on how you filter your geographical area and other factors. It is not nearly as active currently.
The Regional Public Information Network (RPIN) is your one-stop resource for news alerts from more than 75 government, transportation, utility, health and emergency response agencies (including VashonBePrepared!) serving citizens in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
RPIN keeps the public informed about street and highway closures, weather, major transit disruptions, and provides updates on what agencies are doing to respond to emergencies and incidents. The public also can sign up to receive e-mail alerts and pager headlines from RPIN partners and get helpful tips to prepare for emergencies.
King County Road Alerts
VoV Alerts typically carry the King County Road Alerts, but you can sign up for those independently too at:
Washington State DOT Ferry Alerts
Note that the Voice of Vashon Emergency Alerts includes MOST ferry alerts. RPIN does not include ferry updates. Although largely redundant with the VoV Alert Service, you can sign up directly with WA DOT at:
Sign Up for King County Water Taxi Service Alerts
The Water Taxi uses an e-mail alert system to notify passengers when sailings will be canceled or delayed by more than 15 minutes. (VoV Alerts also carries these. We're not sure if these are carried on RPIN.)
- Go to the Sign up for alerts page on Metro Transit's website
- Enter your e-mail address and click Sign Up
- Scroll down to Marine & Other Routes
- Check King County-operated Vashon Water Taxi (975) or West Seattle Water Taxi (973)
- Add Metro routes if you wish
- Click Save
Our local Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) works in conjunction with the USGS to offer this free Earthquake Notification Service. You can set a geographical area you would like to monitor - plus a magnitude range.
The National Weather Service offers an extensive alerting system for bad weather as well as tsunamis. Use this direct link to setup an account for email or text delivery of tsunami notifications. Once in the system you will be able to set preferences for what notifications you are interested in receiving.