Vashon Fall Suicide Prevention Campaign

Vashon has been struck by a silent, devastating, earthquake – the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how to bolster the island's mental health, and prevent suicides this fall.

VashonBePrepared's COVID-19 Resource Center

Your COVID Questions, Answered

We've compiled many of your most frequent questions and compiled a set of handy responses in our Covid Resource Center.

Key indicators of COVID-19 activity in King County

-- From https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/key-indicators.aspx

Latest Updates

By John Cornelison on 9/9/2020 6:28 PM

Here is a fire and smoke map that updates hourly using a variety of sources, including satellite.

It’s centered on Oregon when you first pull it up, but if you scroll up you’ll find Washington. You can see the Sumner Grade Fire in Bonney Lake and the newer fire southeast of Enumclaw.

If you zoom out, you can clear see the entire west coast on fire. ☹

https://data.statesmanjournal.com/fires/

By John Cornelison on 9/2/2020 2:21 PM
TalesFromTheEdgeThe Double Disaster: When the pandemic struck, it quickly became clear that our island community faced two emergencies. First, there was the need to fight the disease, help people understand how to keep themselves and their families safe. Second, our community was being hit by a devastating economic and emotional disaster.Islanders at Emotional Risk: At peak, a quarter of all Vashon workers had applied for unemployment benefits. A Chamber of Commerce survey showed that 40% of our businesses went dark. Schools sent kids home. Hundreds of families are worrying...
By John Cornelison on 6/8/2020 1:53 PM
The following statement has been approved by a majority of VashonBePrepared Board Members. Thanks to our President Vicky de Monterey Richoux for crafting this.

In recent weeks we've witnessed devastating news of yet more innocent Black people being killed by police. Use of undue force has been used against peaceful protestors while they were exercising their First Amendment rights, further inflaming the situation. These events occur not in a time of relative political, economic, and social ease, but after months of fears, tensions, illnesses and deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Systemic racism combines with the COVID-19 pandemic, or any type of disaster, to result in far more dire outcomes for people of color, including:

History shows that, following any disaster, our most vulnerable neighbors...
By John Cornelison on 5/31/2020 12:15 PM
The following is a great post recommended by Vashon’s Jinna Risdal, PhD, and the original link (with diagrams) is at:

https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them

Updated: May 20

Please read this link to learn about the author and background to these posts.It seems many people are breathing some relief, and I’m not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted. We have robust data from the outbreaks in China and Italy, that shows the backside of the mortality curve declines slowly, with deaths persisting for months. Assuming we have just crested in deaths at 70k, it is possible that we lose another 70,000 people over the next 6 weeks as we come off that peak. That's what's going to happen with a lockdown. As states reopen, and we give the virus more fuel, all bets are off. I...

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