COVID-19 Resources

Vashon’s COVID response & recovery efforts moved to standby/monitoring mode at the end of June. See the info cards below for current, accurate pandemic information. (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)

Friday, January 14:  VashonBePrepared COVID Update (link):

Vashon Disease Spike – Positive Cases Highest Among Youth • Testing Demand Higher Than Ever
Vaccine and Booster Options • Which Test Do I Need?
Mental Health Tip: Nurture Key Relationships • Latest Vashon COVID Statistics 

Pico de Casos en Vashon – la Mayoría de los Casos Positivos, son en la Juventud
La Demanda para hacer Pruebas, más Alta que Nunca • Opciones para Vacunas y 3ª. Dosis o Refuerzo
¿Que prueba necesito? • Estadísticas de COVID en Vashon

Updated testing info available here - testing for travel & procedures is now available at Vashon Pharmacy

Access the latest COVID information (including the following), as a PDF: Vashon COVID Guide

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
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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, including 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
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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
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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

How Severe was that Quake Anyway?!

Apr 25

Written by:
4/25/2011 12:52 PM  RssIcon

image King County OEM’s Pascal Schuback had a neat 138 character tweet today that took me well over an hour to digest:

Know the difference 2B ready RT @USGS: How much bigger is a 8.7 2A 5.8? Click "Try It Yourself" Calculator at top of http://go.usa.gov/baq

As they note on their site, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/how_much_bigger.php:

The magnitude scale is really comparing amplitudes of waves on a seismogram, not the STRENGTH (energy) of the quakes. So, a magnitude 8.7 is 794 times bigger than a 5.8 quake as measured on seismograms, but the 8.7 quake is about 23,000 times STRONGER than the 5.8! Since it is really the energy or strength that knocks down buildings, this is really the more important comparison. This means that it would take about 23,000 quakes of magnitude 5.8 to equal the energy released by one magnitude 8.7 event.

image The thing they don’t really mention is that these numbers discuss the total energy released by a quake – NOT the intensity of shaking on the surface as experienced by humans and buildings – which is known as the (Modified) Mercalli intensity scale. A deep quake (Nisqually was 6.8 on the moment magnitude scale but 32 miles deep) has a much less serious impact than a shallow quake – as was modeled by the recent Tacoma Fault scenario (7.1 at 9 miles deep). Shallow quakes are much more likely to have damaging aftershocks too boot. Local soils can further alter conditions felt on the surface, as the caption of the Tacoma Fault map indicates.

Probably even more useful is the peak acceleration – which is used by the USGS for their http://earthquake.usgs.gov/hazards/. Their documentation for this goes into hopeless detail on how best to measure the impact of quakes across the US.

How likely are any of these? That’s a whole other convoluted topic, but the simple answer is to go to http://earthquake.usgs.gov/hazards/apps/ and map it yourself. Most anyway you look at this though: Vashon needs to be ready for a big one!

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