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 (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)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

Vashon Now Sports Five Weather Stations

Dec 4

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12/4/2014 6:41 PM  RssIcon

12-4-2014 at 4.20.00 PMPersonal weather stations (PWS) supplement public weather stations, such as those at airports. Given the right equipment, citizens with a PWS can share their weather data with a number of services who will aggregate the data and help collectively provide better weather forecasts for the region.

Owners also get more accurate trend data for their micro-climate and a chance to learn more about the vagaries of climate science. I for one was frustrated to have a localized NOAA forecast for 39° while snow remained on the ground all day. (It turns out temperatures are measured at face height: 5-6 feet above the ground and so temps may be significantly cooler at the ground.)

Find out more:

 

12-4-2014 at 2.56.11 PMSteve Allen, publisher of The Loop newspaper and tech wiz at Voice of Vashon, originated the first 3 PWS I know of on Vashon. Someone else started one on the Old Vashon Highway loop, north of town a few months back. Last week I started transmitting data from my personal site on north Vashon.

While high quality gear can cost $500 to many thousands of dollars, I was able to scrape by on only $80. It seems pretty robust, but only time will tell if it lasts very long!

Check out recommended equipment at these sites:

Rather than the more popular Davis or Ambient Weather stations I went to Costco #1 and got the Acu-Rite Professional Weather Station for $80. While certainly not professional quality, it does offer a pretty robust set of features for a great price to get started with. (Caveat: I returned my 1st unit as it wouldn’t connect via USB. The 2nd has worked better.)

Most critically it comes with the Acu-Link software which pumps data up to various sites on the internet. I only send data to Weather Underground so far, but may send the data to other sites in the future.

Steve sends his to www.wunderground.com, www.pwsweather.com and Weather bug Back yard.

It also looks like many folks send their weather data AND their location over HAM radio via APRS. (I only send location – when I bother to move my rig 3 feet closer to the window to get GPS reception!!!)

Vashon_APRS_MapAnother great introduction to all this (with more recommendations for equipment and weather viewing software) is in a 2013 NY Times article.

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