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By John Cornelison on 4/6/2020 2:50 PM

The Chamber of Commerce webinar series, Chamber Chat, will next be held on Tuesday, April 7th from 9-9:45am.

Tuesday's topic is An Accountant’s Perspective on Payroll, FMLA and SBA Loans with Chris Hunt.

For more information or to register visit https://www.vashonchamber.com/.

On Thursday April 9th the topic will be Setting Up an Online Store & Getting the Word Out w/ Katie Hermanns.

By John Cornelison on 4/4/2020 4:41 PM
Vashon Island residents will have access to COVID-19 testing for residents whose medical care provider – on or off island - has referred them for a test. Testing will start April 7th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. operating on weekdays as the availability of testing materials allows.The Vashon Covid-19 Testing Project will use a simplified procedure that minimizes exposure of patients and volunteer staff and the need for precious personal protective equipment. Vashon Island is particularly at risk because clinics and first responders have limited capacity, the island lacks an urgent care clinic or emergency room, and there are many high-risk residents. Testing focuses public health efforts on isolating and supporting infected individuals so they do not infect others. “Testing helps us identify who has the virus. Once we know who has the virus, we can contact others who have been exposed and test any of those with symptoms. The providers who make the referral are a critical part of this tracking. This is the fastest and...
By John Cornelison on 4/2/2020 2:54 PM

Details have been finalized for viewing and participating in Saturday's community wide briefing and town hall.

Vashon Fire Chief Charlie Krimmert and members of the Vashon Emergency Operations Center will hold a web-based town hall community briefing on Coronavirus and Covid19 on Saturday, April 4, from 10 am to 11:30 am.

The event will be presented in both Spanish and English. If you’d like to submit questions, email them to townhallquestions@vashonbeprepared.org.

You can view the town hall live online via http://www.vashonresilience.org. The event is being produced in partnership with Backbone Campaign, VashonBePrepared and Voice of Vashon.

By John Cornelison on 3/30/2020 1:29 PM
10 Things to Manage Your Health at Home

Poster: 10 ways to manage respiratory symptoms at homeEnglish pdf icon[1 page] | Spanishpdf icon | Chinesepdf icon | Vietnamesepdf icon | Koreanpdf icon10 things you can do to manage your health at homeIf you have possible or confirmed COVID-19:Stay home from work, school, and...
By John Cornelison on 3/24/2020 9:53 AM
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Sorry folks this was published last Saturday and only now is getting posted to this site. Next updates will happen on a timely basis!

Date: March 21, 2020

SUMMARY

Vashon Island’s volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has established the COVID Testing Steering Committee exploring options for testing island residents for COVID-19. Humans have no immunity and currently no medications are available. Vashon Island has no cases confirmed by Public Health – Seattle and King County (PHSKC).

Local physicians explore COVID testing for Vashon Island residents

STORY

The Vashon Island’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has established a COVID Testing Steering Committee. The committee...
By John Cornelison on 3/9/2020 11:04 AM
Recommendations for people at high risk for complications from COVID-19 (i.e. older than 60 years, have chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems, or who are pregnant) and families who live with them: Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies. Create a household plan of action (see CDC’s home plan checklist). Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Avoid crowds and other congregate settings. Try to avoid being in large groups of people, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after...
By John Cornelison on 3/7/2020 8:24 AM
o Information on management of isolation in the community for patients who test positive for COVID-19: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDcasepositive.pdfo What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19):https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDexposed.pdfo For guidance on minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in food establishments, visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novelcoronavirus/food-establishments.aspxThe...
By John Cornelison on 3/5/2020 10:41 PM
March 5, 2020SummaryPublic Health has specific advice for people who have been confirmed with COVID-19, have been around someone with COVID-19, or are feeling unwell but haven’t been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. With respect to testing, Public Health – Seattle & King County does not typically conduct testing. Testing is typically conducted by taking a swab at a health care provider’s office.StoryIn King County, we currently have reported 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We are likely to see many more cases of COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks. Symptoms of COVID-19 typically include fever, cough or shortness of breath. Here is guidance on what to do:What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19Restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, taxis, or ride-share. Monitor your symptoms and call before visiting your doctor. If...
By John Cornelison on 3/4/2020 2:48 PM
4 March 2020SummaryLocal health officials announced new guidance to King County residents aimed at reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. While all residents can take steps now, people with underlying health conditions are urged to follow recommendations to avoid large gatherings of people.StoryLocal health officials announced today new recommendations to King County residents aimed at reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. We understand these actions will have a tremendous impact on the lives of people in our community. We are making these recommendations in consultation with CDC based on the best information we have currently to protect the public's health.This is a critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in King County and these measures can potentially impact the spread of the disease.Public Health is recommending, but not requiring, the following steps:People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public...
By John Cornelison on 3/4/2020 11:56 AM
ingredients to make your own hand sanitizer:2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol 1/3 cup aloe vera gel5-10 drops of essential oil (optional)Mixing bowlSpoonFunnelTwo-ounce spray bottle or liquid soap containerMasking tape and pen or marker for labeling the container (or adhesive labels)

Directions: Pour the alcohol and aloe vera in a bowl and stir until blended. Add several drops of essential oil and stir to help mask the smell of alcohol. Use the funnel to pour the eight ounce mixture into containers, then affix the strips of marked masking tape (or adhesive labels) to identify the bottles' contents.

Just be sure to wind up with 60-70% alcohol in the final solution. Resulting sanitizers are effective for some weeks in a closed bottle.

Details at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hand-sanitizer-coronavirus-make-your-own/

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By John Cornelison on 3/2/2020 8:17 AM
imageAs COVID-19 begins spreading through Washington, be prepared for scams and misadvise to spread with it.



VashonBePrepared’s suggestion? Ensure you are tracking authoritative (i.e., scientific, balanced) sources of information.

imageWe have prepared a list of these sources on our new web page:

www.vashonbeprepared.org/covid-19



By John Cornelison on 1/28/2020 4:22 PM
April 7-9, 2020Lynnwood Convention Center3711 196th Street SW Lynnwood, WA 98036

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Building stronger partnerships in the emergency management field through encouragement, collaboration and continuous education.

Join your colleagues in emergency management for three days of exceptional learning and networking opportunities. The Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference (PIEPC) is the #1 Emergency Preparedness Conference in the Northwest. Connecting more than 400 professionals representing business, education, government, non-profits, emergency management, utilities, hospitals and more, the...
By John Cornelison on 4/19/2019 5:34 PM
Hepatitis-A-fact-sheet-People-Living-Homeless-1Do you know the difference between Hepatitis A and C, is your family protected?

Today Public Health – Seattle & King County reported Hep A was active in King County. In private correspondence they indicated the individual is not known to have visited Vashon – although their contacts...
By John Cornelison on 3/28/2019 10:24 AM
Building, sustaining volunteer health-care teams on Salish Sea islands who should attend:  island residents (from across the Salish Sea) who are physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, pharmacists when:  Saturday, April 6   9a.m. - 4p.m. where:  Vashon Land Trust Building 10014 SW Bank Rd, Vashon, WA 98070 map this cost:  $20 suggested donation hosts:  Vashon Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and VashonBePrepared RSVP (seating limited to 50):  contact John Osborn MD  MRC@VashonBePrepared.org We live within the "Ring of Fire" - a place beautiful and prone to major geologic events such as the Cascadia Earthquake. ...
By John Cornelison on 7/31/2018 8:17 AM
imageA major new report has just been issued by the UW Climate Impacts Group. For the first time it gives detailed predictions for sea level rise that is mapped throughout Washington’s coast line, including Puget Sound.

Vashon is covered by 6 overlapping study regions, as shown in the map to the right.

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By John Cornelison on 7/18/2018 10:49 AM
NWCCExpoOver a decade ago, about 75 enthusiastic CERT volunteers came out to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Snohomish County, for the day. That memorable day, in 2003, was the first CERT Expo. The CERT Expo evolved to include continuing education sessions in the morning and participation by volunteers in a disaster exercise in the afternoon.  In 2005, the CERT Expo expanded and moved to the Everett Community College. Our intrepid volunteers...
By John Cornelison on 6/15/2018 4:36 PM
clip_image002Vashon Maury Island Radio Club and VashonBePrepared invite the public to visit Vashon’s amateur radio volunteers at next Saturday’s 2018 Field Day event!

Vashon Hams gather at our Field Day location atop the Swallow’s Nest Bluff on June 23rd and 24th to compete in the largest single amateur radio and emergency preparedness exercise. It's a fun day to come out and...
By John Cornelison on 3/10/2018 2:37 PM
March 31 - Free Seminar imageSevere weather or an earthquake WILL create these Vashon conditions: The power out for days or longer Homes damaged, roads closed Phones not working well or at all Our Fire Department overloaded with emergency responses Ferries stop serving Vashon – docks may be damaged or boats needed elsewhere Gas, supplies and groceries not arriving from the mainland Families separated – some folks stranded off-island;...
By John Cornelison on 3/10/2018 2:29 PM
Vashon Island CERT:image Sponsored by Vashon Island Fire & Rescue….CERT is both a basic course and an active local team of citizens prepared to support the Fire Dept. or Sheriff A partner with VashonBePrepared, the local network of citizen groups and government agencies dedicated to leading our island in preparedness and response

VashonBePrepared.org - Vashon's Disaster Preparedness Coalition

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By John Cornelison on 2/3/2018 9:51 AM
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What:

You’re invited to a South Seattle Home Fair on February 10, 2018, hosted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Here’s your chance to ask an expert about your planned remodel and our permitting process and code requirements. You can also get information about rental housing rules, homeowner assistance, landslide awareness, and much, much more.

Who: Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, renter, or potential homeowner, this event has something for you.

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Filipino Community Center 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S (The Filipino Community Center is ADA accessible.)

Cost: Free

Event Contact: Moon Callison, moon.callison@seattle.gov, 206-615-1486

What: We will have several staffed information tables and three helpful presentations:

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. –Earthquake...
By John Cornelison on 10/3/2017 9:17 AM
PrepareForFoulHelp your family, neighborhood and community be more prepared!

This Saturday VashonBePrepared sponsors the Prepare Fair,  from 10am till 2pm at the main fire station.

As part of the annual VIFR Open House, your family is invited for:

free hot dogs cooked by firefighters, a bouncy house for the wee ones, a chance to sit in a real fire engine, Airlift NW helicopter, prize drawings every half-hour,...
By John Cornelison on 9/11/2017 7:57 AM
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Severe weather or an earthquake WILL create these Vashon conditions: The power out for days or longer Homes damaged, some roads closed Phones not working well or at all Vashon Island Fire & Rescue overwhelmed Ferries stop serving Vashon – docks may be damaged or the boats needed elsewhere Gas, supplies and groceries not arriving from the mainland Families separated – some folks stranded off-island; many folks can’t get to work Learn the ropes to be resilient – not to mention well-fed! Four hours packed with resources, advice & island...
By John Cornelison on 6/18/2017 12:17 PM
clip_image002Vashon Maury Island Radio Club and VashonBePrepared invites the public to visit Vashon’s amateur radio volunteers at this Saturday’s 2017 Field Day event!

Vashon Hams gather at our new Field Day location atop the Swallow’s Nest Bluff on June 24th & 25th to compete in the largest single amateur radio and emergency preparedness exercise.

Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio. Families and the...
By John Cornelison on 6/7/2017 9:44 AM
The Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of North America spans from northern California to southern British Columbia.SEATTLE – A year following one of the nation’s largest domestic drills, lessons-learned continue to guide strategies that improve the Pacific Northwest’s ability to survive and recover from a catastrophic Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) earthquake and tsunami.

On June 7, 2016, more than 20,000 emergency managers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington kicked off Cascadia Rising 2016, a four-day, large scale exercise to test response and recovery capabilities in the wake of a 9.0 magnitude CSZ earthquake and tsunami. The exercise involved local, state, tribal and federal partners,...
By John Cornelison on 3/16/2017 7:50 AM
Although this is still evolving, the initial blueprint of the federal budget has the following language:

DHS starts on page 23 of the 62 page document.  FEMA preparedness grant language is on page 24.

Eliminates or reduces State and local grant funding by $667 million for programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that are either unauthorized by the Congress, such as FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, or that must provide more measurable results and ensure the Federal Government is not supplanting other stakeholders’ responsibilities, such as the Homeland Security Grant Program. For that reason, the Budget also proposes establishing a 25 percent non-Federal cost match for FEMA preparedness grant awards that currently require no cost match. This is the same cost-sharing approach as FEMA’s disaster recovery grants. The activities and acquisitions funded through these grant programs are primarily State and local functions. •

Link to the Trump budget blueprint...
By John Cornelison on 2/24/2017 11:37 AM
Your Bookmarks Will Need To Change Too!

The National Weather Service’s primary web site www.weather.gov plans to implement an upgrade. The improvement will involve the point ‘n click site specific forecasts and zone forecasts.

Once these changes occur on March 7, all your current forecast.weather.gov bookmarks will change. Links to a specific forecast page will display an error message that includes a URL to the new web site location. That is your opportunity to update your bookmarks to provide access to NWS forecasts quickly after the upgrade.

The primary focus of the upgrade is to make the forecast pages more reliable during weather events, but there are some benefits of new forecast pages as well that include:

· Addition of 7-day hourly forecast information to the point forecast page

· A new mobile-friendly landing and graphical/tabular forecast page

· Low-bandwidth optimization for all pages, on a partial roll-out at launch

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By John Cornelison on 2/21/2017 8:46 AM

Date: May 5th, 6th, 7th.

Hours: 5th - 6PM to 9PM, 6th - 9AM to 5PM, 7th - 10AM to 3PM. Testing will start at 3PM.**

**Testing for any level amateur license will be available and open to anyone. Cost $15.

Cost: $35 + student to purchase The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 3rd. Edition. Cost varies between Kindle version and paperback. $19 - $26

Place: Vashon Island Fire & Rescue, Main Station 55 - SW Bank Rd.

Training class will prepare the participant to take the technician's level amateur radio test being given Sunday, May 7th.

Contact Sharon Danielson AE7SD for additional information. kharazi (at) aol.com

By John Cornelison on 1/25/2017 7:06 AM
Emergency Preparedness & Response: A Half Day Basic Class on February 4 ... OR ...A 45-hour Course Packed With Skills Participation in CERT is highly rewarding for both you and your neighbors. If community support when problems arise is important to you, CERT will likely be an extraordinarily positive experience.  CERT originated in Los Angeles in 1994 to support the city fire department, and has been enhanced and extended to hundreds of communities by FEMA to help citizens safely help each other in various emergencies.   The rewards are: Increased safety at your home & businessIncreased personal preparedness for windstorms, earthquakes and power outages New life-saving and first aid skillsIncreased self-confidence New friendsParticipation in the Vashon communityStylish green hard-hat and hi-vis vest (for team) Requirements to be on the active team: Vashon resident - full-time or part-time Very basic physical fitnessBasic CERT course (3 parts; see back of this flyer) Several additional Vashon-specific...
By John Cornelison on 1/4/2017 8:35 AM
1-4-2017 at 8.25.05 AMA number of devastating earthquakes and powerful storms made 2016 the costliest twelve months for natural catastrophe losses in the last four years. Losses totaled US$ 175bn, a good two-thirds more than in the previous year, and very nearly as high as the figure for 2012 (US$ 180bn). The share of uninsured losses – the so-called protection or insurance gap – remained substantial at around 70%....

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Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
No on ventilators. They require a paramedic to insert the tubes and at that point should be off island in a proper care facility. Low flow oxygen is easily available, but those needing it only for COVID should also be in a proper care facility.
Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
The large national company, Lab Corp, announced that they can do testing as of last Friday. I believe they are used by both clinics on the island. Local clinicians just do a nasal swab as I understand it and then send those in for testing. The test kits reside at the laboratory.

In addition other test facilities exist, but are unlikely to be used directly by island providers. Contact their websites and offices before you go in with any respiratory issues. Their information is likely to change frequently until more is known about the virus.

I don't know about ventilators, but will ask. Thanks for your comment!
Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
Will Vashon be getting testing kits soon in the hands of all doctors and first responders on island? Can the Gates Foundation help in this regard? Can we get the Neighborcare Clinic better prepared in this regard?

How many ventilators are on island? This is where critical shortages seem imminent.

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