VashonBePrepared Weekly Newsletter

Friday, January 27, 2023(web link • newsletter version
  • It’s Been Three Years: Anniversary of First U.S. COVID Case
  • The Future? FDA Considers Shifting to Annual Shot
  • COVID Risk Level: Elevated
  • New National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number: 988 Is Working
  • This Week’s Safety Tip: Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
  • Han Pasado Tres Años: Aniversario del primer caso de COVID en EE. UU.
  • ¿Qué Depara el Futuro? La FDA Considera una Vacuna Anual de COVID
  • Nivel de Riesgo para COVID: Elevado
  •  Nuevo Número para Contactar la Línea Nacional para la Prevención del Suicidio: 988
  • Consejo Semanal: Suscríbase para los Avisos de Emergencia 

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

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.

Get Alerts

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.

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

ALERT King County To Replace Regional Public Information Network (RPIN)

May 4

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AlertKC-color King County is investing in a new regional public emergency alert and notification system which features a public alert service - ALERT King County - to keep residents informed about significant events or emergency situations.

ALERT King County replaces RPIN (Regional Public Information & Notification) and uses the capable CodeRED software to drive the system.

The new software offers enhanced features that allow officials to more precisely target messaging geographically, based on home and/or business addresses provided by subscribers.

Soon we’ll be able to proactively send out a “boil water” alert if a water main breaks to just that area of the island, notify residents of one neighborhood of a chemical spill, or provide shelter locations and resource information following a disaster.

Details will evolve, but know that if you want to receive such notices all county residents are encouraged to sign up at to receive county – and local – alerts via telephone, text, and email. In the past these were pretty rare, and generally of high value, so I’d recommend signing up. It will also be possible to update your contact preferences in the future.

This system supplements all the other alerting systems, listed on VashonBePrepared's SignUp page. This will offer different capabilities than the excellent Voice Of Vashon Alert system, so sign up for both!

In addition, the system features an internal notification service – KCInform – for contacting employee and community groups, such as VashonBePrepared volunteers.

We can selectively notify the EOC Team when the EOC is activating and ask when members of the team expect to arrive. CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) or our ACS (Auxiliary Communication Services) teams could use it to announce routine training sessions.

All of our volunteers have been entered into the new system and we anticipating trying it out in the coming weeks. If ready, it might even be used to notify VashonBeprepared volunteers during the upcoming Cascadia Rising Earthquake Exercise.

Details will evolve, but know that if you want to receive such notices you can already go to: to sign up for county – and local - alerts! In the past these were pretty rare, and generally of high value, so I’d recommend signing up. It will also be possible to update your contact preferences in the future.

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