Signup for Future Emergency Alerts

Text VASHON to 22828 to sign up for emergency alrt emails from VashonBePreparedVashonBePrepared uses Constant Contact to manage several confidential email lists. These currently have many hundreds of users on them. The lists are free, and a great way to get the latest, authoritative information during an emergency.

VashonBePrepared Emergency Alerts

One list is for anyone who would like to receive emergency alerts by email. 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.

Periodic VashonBePrepared Newsletter

I’m not sure that we have sent out very many of these in recent years but it is likely that we will start sending out seasonal newsletters to those who sign up for this list.

How to Sign Up

Scan this QR code to sign up for VashonBePrepared emergency alerts and periodic newsletters via email.We now have a wide variety of ways to sign up for these lists:

Any of these means should allow you to sign up for VashonBePrepared emergency alerts or periodic newsletters via email. Constant Contact uses SafeSubscribe which guarantees the permanent removal of your email address from its mailing lists. Note: In each email you receive, there will be a link to unsubscribe or change areas of interest. Your privacy is important to us - please read our Email Privacy Policy. We won't send you other emails or divulge your email address!)

Breaking News for Citizens in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties

Regional Public Information Network (RPIN)

Be in touch. Stay in touch.

If you’d like to receive information on road closings, bus route changes and information on other surrounding areas, consider also signing up with the Regional Public Information Network ( This is a great resource, be aware that it can generates 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.

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.

Washington State DOT Ferry Alerts

Note that RPIN does not include ferry updates. For those please visit:

King County Water Taxi

Sign Up for King County Water Taxi Service Alerts

photo: woman using cell phoneThe Water Taxi uses an e-mail alert system to notify passengers when sailings will be canceled or delayed by more than 15 minutes. (I am not sure if these alerts are also sent out via RPIN, but think it likely.)

To subscribe:

  1. Go to the Sign up for alerts page on Metro Transit's website
  2. Enter your e-mail address and click Sign Up
  3. Scroll down to Marine & Other Routes
  4. Check King County-operated Vashon Water Taxi (975) or West Seattle Water Taxi (973)
  5. Add Metro routes if you wish
  6. Click Save



Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN)Earthquake Alerts

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.

NOAA logo-Select to go to the NOAA homepageTsunami Alerts

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.