VashonBePrepared Weekly Newsletter

Friday, May 24, 2024(newsetter versionweb version

  • Fire Extinguishers Make Your Home Safer
  • Are You “Ready” for Sumconmer?
  • Bird Flu and You: What to Know and What to Do
     
  • Los Extinguidores de Incendios hacen su Hogar más Seguro
  • ¿Está Usted ‘Listo’ para el Verano?
  • La Gripe Aviar y Usted: Que hay que Saber y que hay que Hacer

GetPrepared
COVID Vaccine

Learn about the many ways you can prepare for disasters at home or at your business.

Get Alerts
...

Sign up for Voice of Vashon's emergency alerts, VashonBePrepared's weekly newsletter, and other regional alerts.

About Us
...

VashonBePrepared is a coalition of some 10 disaster preparedness organizations on Vashon-Maury Island in Washington's Puget Sound region. We work closely with local and county organizations.

I Want to Help Out

VashonBePrepared provides training and educational opportunities to keep the island community prepared for the next emergency.

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.