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 (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)

Tuesday, September 7: Vashon COVID Update: McMurray Middle School COVID Exposure Test Results: All Clear
Rapid Response Keeps Kids and School Staff in School

Updated testing info available here 

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
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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
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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
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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
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

Seattle Times Posts useful Landslide Info

Jun 14

Written by:
6/14/2011 4:41 PM  RssIcon

The Seattle Times posted a special section on June 10th with useful tips for those with (or concerned about) a landslide. My neighbor who had a very expensive landslide late last year just pointed this useful information out to me. Read the full report at: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2015278322_realslidersbar12.html

Where to get more information on landslides

Chris Winters

Special to The Seattle Times

GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A crack in the earth in March made the foundation slip at this home on Burl Place in South Everett. It was declared unsafe and the owners moved out.

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A crack in the earth in March made the foundation slip at this home on Burl Place in South Everett. It was declared unsafe and the owners moved out.

Knowing whether you are in a slide-prone area is the first step in preparing for and preventing landslides. Here are some places to start research.

King County

• Office of Emergency Management Landslide page: www.kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare/residents_business/Hazards_Disasters/Landslides.aspx

• King County Landslide Map: http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/water-and-land/flooding/local-hazard-mitigation-plan-update/landslide-hazard-map.pdf

Seattle

• Landslide Emergencies: www.seattle.gov/dpd/Emergency/Landslides/default.asp• Emergency Permit Requests (Seattle Department of Planning and Development)

www.seattle.gov/DPD/Emergency/Landslides/DPDS_005996.asp

Washington state

• Regional Public Information Network Landslide page

www.rpin.org/rpinweb/LandSlides.aspx

• Washington State Department of Ecology, covering most of Western Washington

www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/landslides/index.html

• Slope Stability Maps (Washington State Department of Ecology)

For King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom, Thurston, Mason, Jefferson and Clallam counties

www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/landslides/maps/maps.html

Northwest Insurance Council's disaster-preparedness page

www.getreadynw.org

Surplus Line Association of Washington

www.surpluslines.org

Preparedness steps:

King County hosts a page on how to prepare for any disaster http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare.aspx

You may also want to:

• Get a ground assessment of your property. Your county or city geologist or planning department may have specific information on areas vulnerable to land sliding.

• Seek advice of geotechnical experts for evaluating landslide hazards or designing corrective techniques to reduce landslide risk.

• Plant ground cover on slopes to stabilize the land, and build retaining walls.

• Plan at least two evacuation routes since roads may become blocked or closed.

• Make arrangements for housing in the event you need to evacuate your home.

• Plan for "earthquakes" and "severe storms" that can cause a landslide.

Landslide warning signs

• Doors or windows stick or jam for the first time.

• New cracks appear in plaster, tile, brick or foundation.

• Outside walls, walks or stairs begin pulling away from the building.

• Slowly developing, widening cracks appear on the ground or on paved areas such as streets or driveways.

• Underground utility lines break.

• Bulging ground appears at the base of a slope.

• Water breaks through the ground surface in new locations.

• Fences, retaining walls, utility poles or trees tilt or move.

• You hear a faint rumbling sound that increases in volume as the landslide nears. The ground slopes downward in one specific direction and may begin shifting that direction under your feet.

• Sinkholes. A sinkhole occurs when groundwater dissolves a vulnerable land surface, such as limestone, causing the land surface to collapse from a lack of support.

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