VashonBePrepared Weekly Newsletter

Friday, May 26, 2023(web link | newsletter version


  • Wildfire smoke is here for the summer
  • Building Ventilation: A Big Win from Pandemic Response
  • Prep Tip: Practice Wildfire Evacuation Routes
  • COVID Risk Level: Basic
  • El Humo de los Incendios Forestales, estará aquí por el verano
  • Construyendo Ventilación: Una gran Ganancia en la Respuesta a la Pandemia
  • Consejos para estar Preparado: Practique las Rutas de Evacuación durante Incendios Forestales
  • Nivel de Riesgo para COVID: Sigue siendo Básico

I Need a Vaccination
COVID Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccinations are available free on the island at Vashon Pharmacy and Sea Mar at Sunrise Ridge, as well as other locations off-island.

I Need a COVID Test

COVID-19 testing is available on and off of Vashon for people with symptoms or exposures, or if testing is needed for jobs or travel.

I Need Information

Current information about the pandemic, what to do if you have COVID, data dashboards, vaccine resources, and much more, is available here via links to the King and Pierce Counties and Washington State public health departments, the CDC website and more.

I Need Help
Resources Available

Resources are available for the Vashon community and businesses still affected by the pandemic. Several local organizations and the Chamber of Commerce can help.

What Happened

View every Situation Report from the COVID-19 emergency activation, along with images, an archive history timeline and some writings inspired by the moment.

Get Alerts

Sign up for a variety of alert services, including Voice Of Vashon's, and other sources of reliable information.

Get Prepared

Does your family & business have a communications plan? That is just one of a number of easy steps to enhance your safety & preparedness for any incident. Learn more by looking at our preparation information.

About Us

VashonBePrepared is a coalition of some 10 disaster preparedness organizations on Vashon-Maury Island in Washington's Puget Sound region. Incorporated in 2007 we now work closely under Vashon Fire, King County of Emergency Management and support our partners' nearly 400 active volunteers.

I Want to Help Out

VashonBePrepared provides training and educational opportunities to keep the island community prepared for the next emergency. See opportunities to get involved or donate.


Latest Updates

By John Cornelison on 5/31/2023 8:53 PM
Effective Thursday June 1st at 0800hrs the King County Fire Chief’s Association, King County Fire Marshals Association and the King County Fire Marshal are implementing a STAGE 1 (burn restrictions) Ban.  This ban specifically relates to yard debris/residential burning.

In response to the increased Fuel Energy Release Rates (ERC), decreased 100-hour fuel moisture content (F100), and anticipated warmer weather conditions the King County Fire Chiefs and the King County Fire Marshals, collectively are implementing a STAGE 1 Burn Ban (burn restrictions).  Recreational Fires, Gas/propane appliances, including grills, pellet smokers and charcoal grills are still permitted.

The King County Fire Chiefs, Fire Marshals and local jurisdictions encourage all residents to burn according to their local jurisdictions requirements and maintain a fire safe environment.  If you have any questions, please contact your local Fire Department.

Approved Recreational Burn Requirements: *note some jurisdictions...
By John Cornelison on 5/24/2023 10:30 AM
Are you Wildfire Ready? JwildfireClassoin VIFR this evening from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Farcy training center for a wildfire preparedness class. The class will be taught by Mike Lasecki from King Conservation District. Mike will cover the following topics;

· Wildfire behavior and risk in Western Washington State

· How to identify and understand wildfire risk on Vashon Island and on your property

· How to mitigate wildfire risk on your property and in your neighborhood

· Free services and financial support available from King Conservation District and WA DNR to help residents mitigate their wildfire risk

Visit the following link to register for the class:

By John Cornelison on 3/27/2023 7:22 PM

cprVashon Island Fire and Rescues offers Friends and Family CPR classes to community members who would like to learn or brush up on basic skills to save a life with CPR.

Classes will be held at the VIFR Training Center, 10011 SW Bank Road, Vashon.

To download a PDF brochure, click here.

This is not a certification class. Current dates are April 24th, June 5th or July 24th, all 6 – 8 PM.

To register, please visit:

By John Cornelison on 3/23/2023 8:36 AM

Rated24thEmergencyPrepBlogVashonBePrepared strives to keep the community informed in many ways, but one that has been maintained since our initial website back around 2005 is our blog.

It’s now been recognized as one of the “Top 40 Best Emergency Preparedness Blogs” by Feedspot, coming in at 24th.

Congratulations to us - but even more to all the other hard-working authors of other blogs, inspiring their respective communities to prepare, mitigate, respond, or rebuild. Also thanks to authors of the studies and reports and news that we are just covering.