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 (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)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, November 26: Vashon COVID Update (link):  

  • Vaccination Success: More Than Half of Vashon’s 5 – 11 Year Olds Get First Shots • On-Island Vaccination Availability • Help Prevent a Flu/COVID “Twindemic”
  • Vashon Center for the Arts Re-Opens • Learn to Manage Pandemic Anger: Theirs and Yours •  Latest Vashon COVID Statistics
Updated testing info available here 

Access the latest COVID information (including the following), as a PDF: Vashon COVID Guide


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

Unincorporated King County to be Remapped using Lidar

May 11

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5/11/2014 7:32 PM  RssIcon

Lidar mapping of Seattle FaultAccording to this KOMO News piece, King County unveiled Monday, May 5th an initiative to re-map unincorporated county land over the next two years partially to help identify potential landslide areas.

King County will dedicate $800,000 to take advantage of much improved technology to remap the county using latest lidar equipment.

The last survey done in 1980 doesn’t have the resolution or clarity that is now available – though it famously aided identification of the previously unknown Seattle Fault.

Lidar takes advantage of reflected laser light – using sophisticated algorithms to discard ‘false’ reflections from trees and vegetation. Thus the ground is laid bare of that vegetation and elevation maps – accurate to about half a centimeter – can be mapped by an survey airplane for a 1 kilometer wide swath. (If needed, better resolutions can be achieved by flying at lower elevations and mapping a narrower swath.)

The new mapping will:

  • reveal new areas of slide risks
  • Possibly clear areas previously thought to be at risk
  • predict the potential type of slide
  • suggest likely paths and areas covered by a debris field

 

Any new or existing risk areas will get noted on property owners titles, notifying potential buyers of the current status/risk. And such notifications can be unclear and create issues for current land owners – but make entire sense for buyers. See this LA Times story for some of the issues when new fault line maps there recently constrained existing and proposed development on previously unknown faults.

The current King County slide risk map can be viewed at:

http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/water-and-land/flooding/local-hazard-mitigation-plan-update/landslide-hazard-map.pdf.

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