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 (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)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

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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.

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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

Draft “Task Books” for Key Incident Command System Positions Available for Comment

Oct 18

Written by:
10/18/2011 9:36 AM  RssIcon

imageIt appears that the ICS Task Books that help evaluators judge ICS performance (2007 versions are online at http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/ICSResource/PositionChecklists.htm) have been newly revised in April 2011, and are now published as a draft docket currently undergoing a comment period as detailed in the October 4th Federal Register. These may be revisions of the original 1993 Wildland Fire evaluation forms that are still on the Department of Labor’s OSHA site.

OSHA’s eTools guide to the ICS system is a new find for me and fairly interesting - if a bit dated and lacking in depth.

Since the new ICS Task Books are written for someone evaluating a person’s performance in these positions, I do not see them as very helpful for the person actually performing the job! I continue to search for a basic guide and checklist for ICS personnel, something with some more depth than the OSHA eTool or the existing Job Aids, but in a handy format that could be carried and referenced in the field.

imageThe Red Cross has nice spiral bound guides for shelter managers and staff. Why can’t ICS staffers have something as practical as the Red Cross’ Shelter Field Guide & Shelter Manager’s Toolkit?!

Cynically, I suspect any usable job guides are locked away at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg and only available to those with time to take FEMA’s courses - but frankly could easily be somewhere on the Internet I’ve yet to uncover too. So to me, these newly revised Task Books are most useful as they contain the only detailed listing I’ve found of ICS staffer’s duties. Unfortunately they still need to be reverse engineered, decrypted, and extracted from these Task Books to be usable by the actual ICS personnel! (Please help me find something more usable if such a thing does exist by adding your comments below.)


imageFederal Register Vol. 76, No.192, October 4, 2011 - FEMA has published the Federal Register Notice [TEXT] [PDF] announcing that the “All-Hazard Position Task Books for Type 3 Incident Management Teams” are available for public review and comment. 

SUMMARY: The All-Hazard Position Task Books for Type 3 Incident Management Teams were developed to assist personnel achieve

qualifications in the All-Hazard ICS positions. The position task books also provide the documentation necessary for agencies and organizations to evaluate their personnel and certify their personnel as qualified to the positions. The position task books supplement the qualification requirements contained in the NIMS Job Titles, which specify any Education, Training, Experience, Physical/Medical Fitness, Currency, and Licensure/Certification for each position. The position task books have been derived from National Wildfire Coordinating Group position task books to leverage their successful experience in managing the qualifications of their personnel.  The position task books in this initial group contain:

    1. Incident Commander.

    2. Public Information Officer.

    3. Safety Officer.

    4. Liaison Officer.

    5. Operations Section Chief.

    6. Planning Section Chief

    7. Finance/Administration Section Chief.

    8. Logistics Section Chief.

    9. Service Branch Director/Support Branch Director.

    10. Branch Director (Operations Section).

    11. Division/Group Supervisor.

    12. Unit Leader.

    13. Strike Team/Task Force Leader.

    14. Technical Specialist.

DUE: Comments must be received by November 3, 2011, 11:59 PM ET.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket ID FEMA-2011-0018, by one of the following methods:

· Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

· E-mail: FEMA-POLICY@dhs.gov. Include Docket ID FEMA-2011-0018 in the subject line of the message.

· Fax: 703-483-2999.

· Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Legislation, Regulations, & Policy Division, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Room 835, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472.

SOURCE: U.S. Gov Printing Office: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/pagedetails.action?granuleId=2011-25578&packageId=FR-2011-10-04&acCode=FR

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Smith, National Integration Center, National Preparedness Directorate, Protection and National

Preparedness, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472. Phone: 202-646-3850 or e-mail: FEMA-NIMS@dhs.gov.

Task books links are below but can also be found at www.regulations.gov by entering “FEMA–2011–0018” into the ID search. 

Notice: All-Hazard Position Task Books for Type 3 Incident Management Teams

1 All- Hazards Incident Commander

2 All- Hazards Public Information Officer

3 All-Hazards Safety Officer

4 All- Hazards Liaison Officer

5 All- Hazards Operations Section Chief

6 All-Hazards Planning Section Chief

7 All- Hazards Finance/Administration Section Chief

8 All- Hazards Logistics Section Chief

9 All-Hazards Division/Group Supervisor

10 All-Hazards Unit Leader

11 All-Hazards Strike Team/Task Force Leader

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