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 (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)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

2012 Evergreen Quake Exercise An Excellent Learning Experience

Jun 7

Written by:
6/7/2012 11:19 AM  RssIcon

 

ff_1283059Nearly a hundred islanders took part in the regional Evergreen Quake on June 5th & 6th at the Vashon Emergency Operations Center.

It was fairly historic for a number of reasons:

  • - Initial test of Operation Lifeline (King County’s redirecting their passenger ferry or hiring a barge – to support emergency needs on Vashon)
  • - The Planning Section has adopted the standard ICS Planning Clock - and had the 1st real run-though of this during a major exercise
  • - The Public Information Team included VoiceOfVashon's alert team which provided a wealth of new knowledge and energy
  • - First time we've invited local merchants (Vashon's Chamber of Commerce Director Debi Richards served as host) to observe both day's play. They gained a new level of appreciation for the gravity of the situation.
  • - Much broader regional participation with WA State EOC support and FEMA oversight
  • - 1st two day exercise (we've had maybe 4 or 5 all-day exercises before - but none lasted over 6 hours)
  • - Exercise play started on the second day of the incident - once more was known and providing a better chance for problem solving and regional coordination. 
  • - 1st use of King County’s SharePoint system to enter resource requests
  • - Probably more - we were all in collaboration and learning mode

A number of our partners were directly involved including VIFR, MRC, VOV, VEPC & CERT. Over a dozen ARRL licensed ham radio operators took part - but this is routine! While past events had us focus on having basic information available and some presence, we've moved on to infomation sharing (several years ago), to interacting with VIFR, then CERT and LACCs, then the county (especially with resource requests) and state - but this time we really were problem solving as teams from a variety of desks.

More volunteers are needed to cover the long hours of a real 24 hour a day event, but there are now a large number of experienced people and we've some very solid relationships with the professionals at the county and state level. Mow we just need to keep this up through the next major earthquake!


Here are some photos of the Vashon EOC on Tuesday. Hover over the photos to see larger versions, and right-click the hovered versions for 1024 pixel versions.


Exercise Manager (Maestro) Rick Wallace guiding flow of the exercise.

Exercise Manager (Maestro) Rick Wallace guiding flow of the exercise.

EOC Manager Joseph Ulatoski giving a briefing.

EOC Manager Joseph Ulatoski giving a briefing.

Vashon Fire Chief Lipe served as Incident Commander

Vashon Fire Chief Lipe served as Incident Commander

The Vashon EOC was typically quite hectic as volunteers rushed to complete their assignments.

The Vashon EOC was typically quite hectic as volunteers rushed to complete their assignments.

VMIRC ARES volunteer Steve Paull hardly left the radio room during the two day exercise it was so busy.

VMIRC ARES volunteer Steve Paull hardly left the radio room during the two day exercise it was so busy.

The Communications Room was fully staffed by Vashon Maury Island Radio Club and ARRL ARES members.

The Communications Room was fully staffed by Vashon Maury Island Radio Club and ARRL ARES members.
Vashon Fire Chief Lipe and Incident Commander
Vashon Fire Chief Lipe and Incident Commander providing some direction during one of the periodic round-robin staff briefings.

Vashon Fire Chief Lipe and Incident Commander providing some direction during one of the periodic round-robin staff briefings.
Volunteers withstood sardine-like conditions for 2 days.
Volunteers withstood sardine-like conditions for 2 days.

Volunteers withstood sardine-like conditions for 2 days.
Operations Section Chief George Brown reporting on a number of real-world events that threatened to complicate the exercise activities. Operations Section Chief George Brown reporting on a number of real-world events that threatened to complicate the exercise activities. Operations Section Chief George Brown reporting on a number of real-world events that threatened to complicate the exercise activities.
Operations Section Chief George Brown reporting on a number of real-world events that threatened to complicate the exercise activities.