VashonBePrepared Weekly Newsletter

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


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  • COVID Risk Level: Basic
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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.

I Need a COVID Test

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, 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.

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.

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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

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

Nepal earthquake: many similarities and one big difference

Jun 2

Written by:
6/2/2015 8:55 PM  RssIcon

I've waited weeks to write this post because the news reports have been quite disturbing. It’s been over a month now since the April 25th earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal, killing over 8,000 people and injuring many thousands. The local, regional and national governments of Nepal are overwhelmed, and leaders have called for international aid, which usually takes weeks to arrive. Conditions there are still very grim, people are not yet safe from further harm, and recovery will likely take many years.

Aftershocks are to be expected. A second quake of nearly the same intensity struck east of Kathmandu soon after the inital quake, killing dozens more people and injuring more than a thousand, as well as toppling more buildings, causing more landslides, and interrupting the international recovery efforts that are just getting under way after the first quake. The initial quake has already been followed by at least six aftershocks of magnitude 5.0 or higher, including one that was 6.3. People are doubly traumatized by the repeated quakes and aftershocks, and many are still awaiting aid. (I’ll cover psychological resilience in a future post.)

It’s tempting to think there is little relation between our own modern rural island near Seattle and Tacoma, and these remote high-mountain villages, towns and cities in a developing country with far less robust infrastructure than our own. But to ignore our common vulnerabilities would be a mistake. When critical systems and services fail, we are all thrust into survival mode in similar ways. We all depend on communications, transportation, distribution of food, water, medicines and health workers, availability of safe shelters, and reassurance of an eventual return to normalcy.

The big difference between remote rural Nepal and close-in rural Vashon is our opportunity to prepare. With access to more resources ahead of such an incident, we can build robust go-kits and quake supply kits, to cover more of our needs for the days and weeks after an earthquake or other incident. With all this advance warning, we can connect now with neighbors and the larger community, to plan how we'll get and give help, and keep more people safe and comfortable, despite the partial or total disruption of our systems for communicating, distributing water, food and supplies, and getting around.

 Experts have warned repeatedly that the western United States is overdue for a major quake from the Cascadia subduction zone. Governments and nonprofits are listening, and are working hard to prepare, but they acknowledge that no outside efforts will be sufficient, nor will they be deployed quickly enough to compensate for the potential issues we face.

What can we do? We can be our own advance rescue team, one stored gallon of water, one can of food, one box of band-aids at a time. We can talk with our neighbors, family and friends about how we might communicate and help each other after a quake. We an plan, prepare, and practice. We can do this! Let’s start from where we are now, and keep upping our game with practices.

Meanwhile, do support the recovery efforts in Nepal if you can. Vashon-local fundraisers are being held, combining good food and fun with community-building and support of our global neighbors near Kathmandu.



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