VashonBePrepared Weekly Newsletter

Friday, May 26, 2023(web link | newsletter version


  • Wildfire smoke is here for the summer
  • Building Ventilation: A Big Win from Pandemic Response
  • Prep Tip: Practice Wildfire Evacuation Routes
  • COVID Risk Level: Basic
  • El Humo de los Incendios Forestales, estará aquí por el verano
  • Construyendo Ventilación: Una gran Ganancia en la Respuesta a la Pandemia
  • Consejos para estar Preparado: Practique las Rutas de Evacuación durante Incendios Forestales
  • Nivel de Riesgo para COVID: Sigue siendo Básico

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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.

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

Ham radio license classes offered soon in West Seattle

Jan 13

Written by:
1/13/2018 11:08 AM  RssIcon

Hello 2018! The new year promises some great opportunities in emergency preparedness and response education, exercises, and collaborations. One very important area of emphasis is communications. If your NERO group doesn't already include a few folks with a ham radio license and equipment, it would be great to consider adding that to the list of your neighborhood's skills and resources!

Ham radio is a lot easier and more affordable these days, since Morse code is no longer required, and a starting cost for a handheld ham radio is now below $30. (see link below)

Unfortunately there won't be any classes offered here on Vashon soon, but the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (the team that does the excellent training and testing here when we do have it) are hosting classes at the end of January for both technician and general licenses.

See the brochure for ham radio classes in West Seattle (PDF), and look below for links to more handy ham radio resources.

As always, if you would like help (re)organizing your NERO group, please give me a call or send an email. or 650/273-2I40

More resources:

Learn more about West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (WSARC):

Connect with Vashon Maury Island Radio Club (VMIRC) for info about getting the right equipment and learning how to use your ham radio:

Equipment to get started costs under $30!

Consider also taking the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course if you haven't yet. It's free of charge, covers a wide range of practice preparedness and response topics, and begins on March 31, 2018. Ham radio is not required, but CERT field exercises make great chances to practice using your ham radio. More info at:

You may also be interested in the activities of ACS, Vashon-Maury's Auxiliary Communication Service: and

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