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 (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)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, May 20:  VashonBePrepared COVID Update (web link • newsletter version):

One Million and Five • Vashon COVID Monitoring: The Flat Surge Continues • Now It’s BA.2.12.1 • Developments: Kid Boosters, COVID/Flu Test 
You Can Take Control: Be Protected & Be Prepared • Latest Vashon COVID Statistics

Mas de un Millón  • Actualización de COVID en Vashon: La Oleada Continúa Presente y Aplanada  • Ahora es BA.2.12.1
Vacunas de Refuerzo para Niños, Pruebas combinada para COVID/Influenza • Usted puede tomar el Control:  Esté protegido y Esté Preparado
Últimas Estadisticas de COVID en Vashon


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, 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

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

King County Executive Dow Constantine Recognizes Vashon with Inaugural Community Preparedness Award

Oct 12

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Formally accepting the 2011 King County Executive Award for Community Preparedness from Dow Constantine and Joe McDermott were VashonBePrepared President John Cornelison and VIFR Fire Chief Hank LipeThe residents of Vashon and all the volunteers and organizations under the VashonBePrepared banner were honored Friday, September 30th by King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Councilmember Joe McDermott - the final day of National Preparedness Month. As described by the actual 2011 King County Executive Award for Community Preparedness, and by the official King County press release, the award was to the entire community and emphasized the many contributors to Vashon’s preparedness. The Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council was likewise lauded with a similar award.

Formally accepting the 2011 King County Executive Award for Community Preparedness from Dow Constantine and Joe McDermott were VashonBePrepared President John Cornelison and VIFR Fire Chief Hank Lipe.

“Vashon residents and business share an ethic of preparedness, but it is wonderful that everyone’s hard efforts can be recognized. Hopefully this can inspire others – on and off our island – to also prepare for the inevitable storms and earthquakes ahead,” according to John Cornelison.

Constantine and State Senator (elect) Sharon Nelson had come over to Vashon last fall at the height of the “Gizzard Blizzard” and were impressed with what they saw – a team of volunteers working alongside professionals. Dow Constantine & Joe McDermott noted this, but also the ongoing work over the years by all of Vashon’s residents and the numerous organizations striving for preparedness – working closely with Washington State and King County, especially through King County’s Office Of Emergency Management.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Councilmember Joe McDermott with members of VashonBePreparedParticipating in the awards ceremony (from the left in this photo) were: Joe Ulatoski (NERO), Al Francisco (ARES), King County Executive Dow Constantine, Patricia McClements (PSE), Rex Stratton (VIFR), Catherine Rogers (VEPC), Jill Janow (PI), John Galus (ARES), Fire Chief Hank Lipe (VIFR), John Cornelison (VashonBePrepared), Synthia Downs (MRC), Michael Cochrane (CERT), Catherine Cochrane (CERT), King County Councilmember Joe McDermott. At least six of those have amateur radio licensees. Numerous other volunteers were not able to attend.

VashonBePrepared is a coalition of disaster preparedness organizations on Vashon-Maury Island in Washington's Puget Sound region.

Under the umbrella of VashonBePrepared and operating under the auspices of Vashon Island Fire and Rescue and King County’s Office of Emergency Management, continued emphasis has been placed on individual and community preparedness:

  • A functioning Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been established,
  • The Vashon Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) organization trained in excess of 200 islanders in minor firefighting, first aid, search and rescue and communication;
  • Vashon Radio Club (an ARES affiliate) organized a parallel emergency communications network;
  • The Medical Reserve Corps set up an emergency response structure to augment existing medical personnel and facilities;
  • Over 100 informal Neighborhood Emergency Response Organizations (NERO's) have been activated and businesses are now organizing;
  • Voice of Vashon (VoV) established an island wide emergency public information radio network;
  • The Vashon Emergency Preparedness Committee (VEPC) continues the process of expanding plans for shelter and feeding of personnel in the aftermath of a disaster.

VashonBePrepared helps recruit, train and coordinate volunteers, works closely with Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) to mitigate effects of disasters, and educates the public and local businesses on how to best prepare for disruptive events. Over 3% of island residents have volunteered with VashonBePrepared at one time or another and an unusually high percentage of islanders have lain in supplies. Maintaining this level of preparedness is a key challenge. Winter storms regularly knock out power for days and – along with periodic ferry outages – help residents maintain their alertness. Vashon residents are also aware of earthquake potential from Seattle and Tacoma Faults that lie near and under our island.

VashonBePrepared's Joe Ulatoski and President John Cornelison being interviewed by KPCQ, Seattle Channel 13 TVAfterward VashonBePrepared’s Joe Ulatoski (father of Vashon’s disaster preparedness efforts) and John Cornelison were interviewed by KPCQ, Seattle Channel 13 TV, who were curious how other communities could learn from our successes.

According to Joe Ulatoski,

“1) Create a family communications plan. Everyone should know who – outside the Puget Sound Region – they can call.

2) Communicate with your neighbors who will be your first source of help after an event.

3) Store food, water and other basic supplies  - enough for 10 days! See for checklists and other advice."