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 (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)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

Sign up for VashonBePrepared Emergency Alerts or Our Infrequent Newsletters

Mar 4

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Text VASHON to 22828 to sign up for emergency alrt emails from VashonBePreparedVashonBePrepared uses Constant Contact to manage several confidential email lists. These currently have many hundreds of users on them. The lists are free, and a great way to get the latest, authoritative information during an emergency.

VashonBePrepared Emergency Alerts

One list is for anyone who would like to receive emergency alerts by email. This is a great way to receive authoritative information directly from Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) and/or VashonBePrepared during critical events affecting Vashon and Maury Island residents and businesses.

Periodic VashonBePrepared Newsletter

I’m not sure that we have sent out very many of these in recent years but it is likely that we will start sending out seasonal newsletters to those who sign up for this list.

How to Sign Up

Scan this QR code to sign up for VashonBePrepared emergency alerts and periodic newsletters via email.We now have a wide variety of ways to sign up for these lists:

Any of these means should allow you to sign up for VashonBePrepared emergency alerts or periodic newsletters via email. Constant Contact uses SafeSubscribe which guarantees the permanent removal of your email address from its mailing lists. Note: In each email you receive, there will be a link to unsubscribe or change areas of interest. Your privacy is important to us - please read our Email Privacy Policy. We won't send you other emails or divulge your email address!)

Breaking News for Citizens in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties

Regional Public Information Network (RPIN)

Be in touch. Stay in touch.

If you’d like to receive information on road closings, bus route changes and information on other surrounding areas, consider also signing up with the Regional Public Information Network (RPIN). This is a great resource, be aware that it can generates considerable numbers of email (from maybe 1 to over a dozen on really busy days) depending on how you filter your geographical area and other factors.

The Regional Public Information Network (RPIN) is your one-stop resource for news alerts from more than 75 government, transportation, utility, health and emergency response agencies (including VashonBePrepared!) serving citizens in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

RPIN keeps the public informed about street and highway closures, weather, major transit disruptions, and provides updates on what agencies are doing to respond to emergencies and incidents. The public also can sign up to receive e-mail alerts and pager headlines from RPIN partners and get helpful tips to prepare for emergencies.

Washington State DOT Ferry Alerts

Note that RPIN does not include ferry updates. For those please visit:

King County Water Taxi

Sign Up for King County Water Taxi Service Alerts

The Water Taxi uses an e-mail alert system to notify passengers when sailings will be canceled or delayed by more than 15 minutes. (I am not sure if these alerts are also sent out via RPIN, but think it likely.)

To subscribe:

  1. photo: woman using cell phoneGo to the Sign up for alerts page on Metro Transit's website
  2. Enter your e-mail address and click Sign Up
  3. Scroll down to Marine & Other Routes
  4. Check King County-operated Vashon Water Taxi (975) or West Seattle Water Taxi (973)
  5. Add Metro routes if you wish
  6. Click Save