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

Welcome to the New Board!

Oct 20

Written by:
10/20/2016 3:41 PM  RssIcon

VashonBePrepared held its annual meeting yesterday at the Vashon Emergency Operations Center.

A simple affair this year, many of our partner organizations reviewed the last year’s activities and plans for the year and the coming year. See our list of accomplishments which soon should reflect some of these activities.

A key item ahead is to hopefully upgrade the VIFR Training Center, and merge our EOC into this larger location.

VashonBePrepared’s board then voted in a new set of bylaws, which cleaned up some antiquated language, but primarily enlarged the number of our partner organizations – many of whom have been participating informally for years:

New VashonBePrepared Partners

  • Vashon Island School District (VISD)
  • Medical Reserve Corp (MRC)
  • Voice of Vashon (VoV)
  • Vashon Chamber of Commerce
  • ACS (replaces Vashon Maury Island Radio Club)
  • Vashon-Maury Food Bank
  • King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

Mass care was also updated to reflect organizational changes there.

Board of Directors

ACS: Robert Smueles

At Large:

  • John Cornelison
  • Corinne Cottle-Harmon
  • Rachel Larson (since resigned)
  • Rik Reed

CERT: Jan Milligan

Chamber of Commerce: Rick Brown

EOC Team: Rick Wallace

King County Sheriff’s Office: Isaac Patino

Mass Care/Sheltering: Catherine Rogers

Medical Reserve Corps: Barb Owdziej

NERO: Vicky de Monterey Richoux

Vashon-Maury Food Bank: pending

VIEMA: Brigitte Schran-Brown

VIFR: Robert Larsen

VISD: Donna Donnelly

Voice of Vashon: Luke McQuillen


With the new board set, a new slate of officers were elected:

Executive Committee

President: Vicky de Monterey Richoux

Vice President: Rick Wallace

Secretary: Catherine Rogers

Treasurer: Donna Donnelly

General Executive: Robert Smueles

General Executive: Corinne Cottle-Harmon

So congrats to VashonBePrepared and the residents of Vashon and Maury Islands!

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