VashonBePrepared 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
We now have a wide variety of ways to sign up for these lists:
Breaking News for Citizens in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties
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 (www.RPIN.org). 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:
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. (I am not sure if these alerts are also sent out via RPIN, but think it likely.)
- 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.