VashonBePrepared Weekly Newsletter

Friday, June 2, 2023(web link | newsletter version


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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.

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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.

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Current information about the pandemic, what to do if you have COVID, 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.

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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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About Us

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

Spring Beach organizes!

Nov 4

Written by:
11/4/2014 3:35 PM  RssIcon

This summer saw some great new NERO organizing activity among two NERO groups in Spring Beach. Emergency response efforts there are being combined with Block Watch, to increase neighborhood preparedness while also helping to create an environment that dissuades crime. With only two sheriffs on duty at any given time, to police the 37 rural square miles of Vashon and Maury islands, the officers need all our eyes and ears to help them curtail criminal activity. 

Debi and Gary Richards and Randy York each spearheaded reactivation of two NEROs on their roads in Spring Beach, and generously invited potential captains from nearby streets to attend. Randy is an active Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member, having achieved her Registered Emergency Worker (REW) status in 2013. She is also an active ham radio operator who is pursuing the highest licensing level. Debi sits on the board of Vashon Be Prepared, and has also been vigorously driving efforts to get Vashon-Maury businesses prepared for strong recovery after a major incident, in her role as the Business NERO (BNERO) coordinator. Gary is a well-known and respected contractor who has built a number of homes in the area. Although all have lived in their neighborhoods for quite some time, they noted that there are some new faces on their streets. Hosting a NERO meeting can facilitate getting to know new neighbors, learn their skills and needs. That increased familiarity can be reassuring when neighbors reach out to offer or request assistance during a major storm or other incident.

Thanks to sheriff's deputies Peter Thalhofer and Jeff Hancock for helping launch the combined NERO/Block Watch concept on Vashon-Maury, for presenting at these meetings about neighborhood and island-wide crime statistics, and for suggesting ways we can all make our homes and neighborhoods safer from crime. If anyone is interested in a presentation by the deputies at your NERO meeting, please let me know and I will help arrange it.

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