VashonBePrepared Weekly Newsletter

Friday, June 2, 2023(web link | newsletter version


  • Good News: Most COVID Rates Are Hitting New Lows
  • COVID Risk Level: Basic
  • Red Algae in the Water: Is It Safe to Swim?
  • Prep Your Car for Summer Road Trips
  • Buenas Noticias:
  • La mayoría de las Tasas de COVID, Alcanzando nuevos Mínimos
  • Nivel de Riesgo para COVID: Sigue siendo Básico
  • Con Algas Rojas en el Agua: ¿Es Seguro Nadar?
  • Consejos para estar Preparado:
  • Tenga su Auto Listo para Viajes Durante el Verano

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, what to do if you have COVID, 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

Introductory HAZUS Webinars Available

Oct 21

Written by:
10/21/2011 11:31 AM  RssIcon

HAZUS-MH: Earthquake, Wind, FloodHazus is a nationally applicable standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. Hazus uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to estimate physical, economic, and social impacts of disasters.

HAZUS-MH is software developed by FEMA that analyzes risk from natural hazards in communities. Although Hazus-MH itself is free, it requires the users to have ArcGIS with ArcView license level.

Existing HAZUS-MH runs for Vashon (i.e. those for our 2005 Earthquake Study, USGS analysis for their April 2010 fact sheet #3023 , and the recent Evergreen Quake runs) have used older versions of HAZUS and don’t incorporate some of the latest geographic data becoming available as part of the Vashon-Maury Island Coastal Flood Hazard Mapping project – which has resulted in some excellent new very detailed (e.g., 2 foot contours!) maps of Vashon’s shoreline. New more accurate runs are anticipated to be done in the coming months, and will use the latest version which incorporates liquefaction modeling. I’m working to see if local Vashon volunteers might help to enhance the quality of building data used - to ensure the best results are produced.

FEMA's Region X office will be offering 1 hour webinars on HAZUS in the next several weeks. These trainings are meant for the region's community officials, planners, GIS specialists, emergency manager’s, etc. The trainings are not overly technical, but rather provide an overview of how HAZUS works and how the outputs can be used.

Overview of HAZUS Earthquake Loss Estimations will be held on October 28th at 10:00 am

Preparing Data for HAZUS will be held on November 9 at 10:00am

Disaster volunteers and professionals can register for these free, online webinars at the following web site: