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 (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)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 21:  VashonBePrepared COVID Update (web link • newsletter version):

  • Get Free Home Test Kits: Federal Direct or Cost-Covered by Insurance • MRC Appeals for Community Contact Tracing Help
  • Tracing Important for the School/Community Infection Connection • Vaccination for 12+ Youth at School: Thursday, January 27th
  • Island Clinics Swamped by Seasonal Respiratory Ailments • Reminder: Up Your Mask • Latest Vashon COVID Statistics
  • Obtengan pruebas caseras gratis • El MRC solicita ayuda de la comunidad para el rastreo de casos
  • El rastreo es importante para la conexión de infecciones entre la escuela/comunidad
  • Les recordamos usar el cubreboca que más protege • Últimas estadísticas 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

FEMA Releases “Earthquake-Resistant Design Concepts: An Introduction to the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures”, FEMA P-749

Jun 10

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Figure 2 Major tectonic plates (courtesy of USGS). For a more complete explanation of plate tectonics, see http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/dynamic.pdfThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce that Earthquake-Resistant Design Concepts: An Introduction to the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures, FEMA P-749, is now available, at no cost, from the Publications Warehouse and online from the FEMA Library.

Understanding the basis for the seismic regulations in the nation’s building codes and standards is important to understanding how we protect the public from earthquake risk. FEMA P-749 provides a non-technical and readily understandable explanation of the intent and requirements of the seismic design criteria found in the nation’s building codes and standards.

One of the goals of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) is to encourage design and construction practices that address the earthquake hazard and minimize the resulting risk to life and property. The publication of FEMA P-749, a companion guide to the 2009 edition of the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures, FEMA P-750, reaffirms FEMA’s ongoing commitment to achieving this goal.

imageOne of the goals of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) is to encourage design and construction practices that reduce the seismic risk to property and life. FEMA’s publication of the 2009 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions, which serve as a national resource for design professionals and the standards and codes development community, is a major ongoing commitment to achieving this goal.

The seismic requirements in U.S. model building codes and standards are updated through the volunteer efforts of design professionals and construction industry representatives under a process sponsored by FEMA and administered by the Building Science Safety Council (BSSC). At regular intervals, the BSSC develops and FEMA publishes the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures. The NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions and the building codes and standards based on its recommendations are technical documents used primarily by professionals. However, a non-technical explanation of these requirements is important to understanding how the nation’s building codes and standards work to protect the public from the risk presented by earthquakes and other hazards.

To order your copy of FEMA P-749 from the FEMA Publications Warehouse, call 1 (800) 480-2520 or fax your request to (240) 699-0525.

To view or download the publication, please visit the FEMA Library.

To view or download other NEHRP publications and products or to sign up for updates on earthquake risk mitigation publications, news, and events, visit Earthquake Publications and Tools.