COVID-19 Resources

Vashon’s COVID response & recovery efforts moved to standby/monitoring mode at the end of June 2021. 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 (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)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, August 5, 2022:  VashonBePrepared Weekly Newsletter (web link • newsletter version):

  • COVID Isolation: When Is It Okay to Emerge?
  • Omicron Vaccine Tune-Up: September Timing
  • For the Truly Immunocompromised: Evusheld
  • Expanded Telehealth Options for All
  • That Was Not the Last Heat Wave: Heat Health Action Steps
  • Latest Vashon COVID Statistics


  • Aislamiento por COVID: ¿Cuándo está bien empezar a salir?
  • Nueva Vacuna de Ómicron: Para septiembre
  • Para los que están realmente inmunocomprometidos: Evusheld
  • Servicio de telesalud gratuito, para todos
  • Esta no ha sido la última ola de calor: Pasos para protegerse
  • Ultimas 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

Update on New Scientific Research of Earthquake Hazards to Seattle

Apr 11

Written by:
4/11/2012 8:07 PM  RssIcon

imageArt Frankel and Craig Weaver of the U.S. Geological Survey gave a presentation to the Seattle City Council on Monday (as noted in this agenda) that has raised some eyebrows – and reaffirms our sensitivity to upcoming seismic disturbances. See their PowerPoint presentation or read on for a few copies of a few of their slides.

In 2014, there will be a regular 6 year update to the National Seismic Hazard Maps. A workshop on the Pacific Northwest Portion of this was held locally on March 21-22, 2012.


Of the sources of earthquakes they presented the following overall probabilities for Seattle:

•Cascadia M9: 10-14%
•Seattle Fault M 6.5: 5% (from slip rate, GR model; 1000 yr return time) ???
•Deep M 6.5: 84% (from 1949, 1965, 2001)
•Random shallow M 6.5 in entire Puget Sound area: 15% (mostly from rate of M 4 since 1963, b=0.8)

Vashon still figures high in the relative PGA maps:






One critical change in upcoming scenic maps will be the inclusion of the fairly newly identified Tacoma fault – the one that runs through southern Vashon island.








According to KIRO news coverage of the presentation, the USGS scientists warned of an “84 percent chance a 6.5 magnitude ‘deep’ earthquake will strike again in the next 50 years”. That's nearly the same size as the 6.8 Nisqually Quake 11 years ago, and other quakes in Puget Sound area in 1965 and 1949.  They also warned of a 10-14 percent chance of a magnitude 9 quake on the Cascadia Fault off the Washington and Oregon coastline, and a 5 percent chance of a 6.5 or larger quake on the Seattle Fault.

West Seattle Be Prepared, our overseas sister organization got some prime footage in that KIRO video report where the USGS's Art Frankel was also quoted as saying that the Tacoma Fault does not have a high likelihood of releasing in the next 50 years. Still we seem to figure high on the overall shake maps in the past decade. Next Wednesday's talk by state experts should prove illuminating!

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