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  • Changing Seasons
  • Pets: It Quickly Gets Very Hot in Your Car
  • Travel Season: Paxlovid Tips
  • Emergency Water Checkup: Prepare in a Year Continues
  • Cambios de la Temporada
  • Mascotas: La Temperatura en el Automovil, Aumenta Rápidamente
  • Temporada de Viajes: Consejos sobre el Paxlovid
  • Checando el Agua de Emergencia Almacenada: Continuamos Preparándose en un Año

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2011 Vashon Preparedness Highlights

Apr 19

Written by:
4/19/2012 6:06 AM  RssIcon

As mentioned at last night’s annual meeting, preparedness efforts on Vashon made strong strides over the past year. These successes are only partially due to VashonBePrepared’s efforts, and mainly by our various partners, including some independent accomplishments by others in our community. Here’s the listing presented:

  • Business Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization created, numerous meetings led by Vashon Chamber of Commerce
  • Enhanced relations with King County Office of Emergency Management:
    • Operation Lifeline - Plan & contract for hiring a barge or dedicated ferry to shuttle supplies if normal ferry operations are down
    • MOU with Vashon Island School District to serve as a Disaster Campus
    • MOU with Camp Burton to house disaster workers from off island
    • Vashon integration w/ county computer alerting/management systems
  • Enhanced integration of CERT & MRC & EOC Team with VIFR ops
  • Disaster Emergency Response Trailer received with 100 cots & room for additional sheltering supplies
  • 350 kW emergency generator received from Franciscan Health System
  • 110 kW emergency generator received from King County OEM
  • Voice Of Vashon 1650AM emergency broadcasting system upgrades
  • 2011 King County Executive Award for Community Preparedness
  • Vashon Island Fire & Rescue’s 2010 Commissioners Award
  • & websites extensively upgraded
  • VashonBePrepared now active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & You Tube
  • Ongoing regional information monitoring & re-distribution to partners
  • Leadership provided for planning the June 2012 Evergreen Quake Exercise
  • Active with King County Regional Emergency Communications Center
  • Provided input to High School and Library remodels
  • Participation in regional conferences and events: Partners in Preparedness, HAZUS, Mass Care, MRC, COMM Academy, Animal Care, Seattle Neighborhoods, EOC to EOC radio drills, & others
  • Lots of volunteer training: VashonBePrepared 101 (another coming); 40 hr CERT classes & qtrly drills; EOC Team monthly drills; Winlink, Field Day, ARRL test sessions; multiday Red Cross Mass Care & Disaster Action Team Training; 2 thru ICS 300 & 400
  • New MRC leadership; mtgs w/ King County MRC & Vashon Health Center
  • Independent classes on food preparation & security
  • Increased energy self-reliance thru weatherization & solar
  • Community business are promoting preparedness supplies
  • Community outreach: participation in 3 community dinners
  • EOC Team checklist revision; planning process overhaul