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 (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)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, October 15: Vashon COVID Update:  • Half of New Vashon Cases Are Kids and Youth  • Appointments Available for Pfizer Boosters • Booster Vaccination Site Opens Strong • How Can I Get Maximum Protection from My Mask? • Latest Vashon COVID Statistics

• La mitad de los nuevos casos en Vashon son en niños y jóvenes • Si recibió la vacuna de Pfizer, y si está a riesgo, haga su cita para recibir el refuerzo • ¿Como puedo obtener la máxima protección con el cubreboca? • Número de casos de COVID

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

Business NERO Jumps into Action

Oct 13

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10/13/2011 11:36 AM  RssIcon

Vashon Chamber of Commerce's Executive Director Debi Richards addresses an initial meeting of Vashon's Business NERO groupOver the last year Debi Richards, the Vashon Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director has been thinking about how to encourage businesses to get better prepared.

A number of discussions later, the Chamber held an initial meeting to look at disaster’s impact on business on September 15th with Fire Chief Hank Lipe, VIFR Fire Commissioner Chairman Rex Stratton, and VashonBePrepared’s Joe Ulatoski and Rick Wallace presenting.

Interest from the business community was excellent. Learning that nationally 40% of businesses do not survive a disaster provided a sober incentive for our local business owners to undertake cost-effective steps to ensure their businesses continuity after storms, earthquakes, or any other disaster.

Visit the Red Cross ReadyRating.org site for a self-evaluation of your business planJoe Ulatoski met with the Vashon Downtown Merchant’s Association at a follow-up meeting and has been busy distilling information from many sources (see below) into a handy 6 page guide for Vashon Businesses which he handed out at this morning’s meeting – shown in some of these photos. According to Debi Richards, only businesses from select neighborhoods were present today – with additional meetings to be held for businesses from other areas of the island. Interested businesses should contact Debi Richards at the Vashon Chamber of Commerce to ensure they are included in future communications about the Business NERO program.

VIFR Fire Chief Lipe cites the important of preparedness for Vashon's businessesAfter this morning’s presentation (by Debi Richards, Chief Lipe, Rick Wallace & Joe Ulatoski), those present broke in to neighborhood groups to discuss their neighborhood’s plans and how to move forward: incorporating disaster planning into their business plans, preparing a business disaster kit, educating their employees and much more. Interest in the Vashon 101 course, free CPR and first aid courses from VIFR and the upcoming CERT class (Spring 2012) were all very high.

Many excellent resources for businesses interested in preparedness exist on the web, including the following:

Formation of Vashon’s Business NERO (Business Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization) program has been one of the most exciting developments this year, and VashonBePrepared is delighted to have the Chamber’s vitality directed at this critical function.