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 (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)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

Get Alerts
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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.

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

WMO Distinguishes Long-term Climate Change from Short-term Natural Variation

Jul 5

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7/5/2013 7:50 AM  RssIcon

WMO-No.1119The World Meteorological Organization has just released its report, “The Global Climate 2001-2010, A decade of climate extremes”, along with a Summary Report, WMO-No. 1119.

The decade was, “marked by dramatic climate and weather extremes such as the European heat wave of 2003, the 2010 floods in Pakistan, hurricane Katrina in the United States of America (USA), cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and long-term droughts in the Amazon Basin, Australia and East Africa.” Still, the decade’s lack of a major El Niño event may have hid the worst effects of continued global warming, “caused largely by humanity’s emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”

  1991–2000 2001–2010 2010

Increase since  preindustrial times

Carbon dioxide 361.5 ppm 380 ppm 389 ppm 39%
Methane 1 758 ppb 1 790 ppb 1 808 ppb 158%
Nitrous oxide 312.2 ppb 319.7 ppb 323.2 ppb 20%

Mixing ratio of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, from Table 1

In a bit of good news, the Montreal Protocol’s phase-out of ozone depleting substances is expected to restore the normal ozone layer in a few decades.

WMO-No.1119.Figure 1Figure 1. Decadal global combined surface-air temperature over land and sea-surface temperature (°C) obtained from the average over the three independent datasets maintained by the UK Met Office Hadley Centre and the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, in the United Kingdom (HadCRU), NOAA-National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration-Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA-GISS). The horizontal grey line indicates the long-term average value for 1961–1990 (14°C).

Casualties from extreme events rose over all due to a 23 factor increase in heat related fatalities. Positively, the report notes that there were less casualties from storms and floods – attributable to increased warning and preparedness efforts.

A primary conclusion is that significant progress is being made in teasing apart long-term climate change from short-term natural fluxuations. Long-term cryosphere (glaciers, snow and glaciohydrology) monitoring is a critical need identified as a future priority.

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