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

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

NERO COVID-19 update

Mar 17

Written by:
3/17/2020 12:15 PM  RssIcon

Hello NERO leader,

Please share this update with your NERO group members. THANK YOU for all you do for your neighborhood!

I want to let you know that the Vashon Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team and VashonBePrepared are currently activated to support Vashon during the COVID-19 pandemic, under the direction of Incident Commander VIFR Chief Krimmert. 

Activities include: sharing reliable information with the community, supporting island medical providers, facilitating groups that are organizing to support the community, and looking for ways to help island businesses weather the economic impacts of the pandemic. 

Team members are also communicating to King County Emergency Management with daily situation reports, so the county can more accurately include Vashon’s needs when communicating with Washington state agencies. We are following all guidelines for safety, including holding our meetings via phone and video, not in person.

Stay informed

Sign up for VoV alerts from the island’s Emergency Alert system

Follow VashonBePrepared’s COVID-19 web page:

Check out WA Dept of Health and for updated and accurate information. Washington's Governor Inslee is also publishing frequent updates on his website

Avoid sharing misinformation.



Self-isolate, as if you may already have the virus, to help flatten the curve

This will save lives by slowing the spread of infection, and spreading out the burden on healthcare, so that everyone who needs acute care can access it.

If you have symptoms, CALL your doctor. Don’t just automatically go to urgent care. For most people, the illness has been mild. Calling ahead will help conserve healthcare capacity because emergency rooms, the two island clinics, Vashon Island Fire & Rescue and MedicOne may get overwhelmed as the rate of infection grows.

Take care of mental health too. Here’s some good advice from UW Counseling Center



Stock up for 2 weeks of food, medicines, and other needs. Pretend that a major snowstorm is on the way

Remember the needs of children, pets, elders, and those with chronic conditions or special diets. Include broths, electrolyte drinks, a fever thermometer, and NSAIDS such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) to reduce fever, in case you or a household member becomes ill.



Take to heart the VashonBePrepared motto: "Neighbors Helping Neighbors."

Check on your neighbors, by phone or at a physical distance of at least 6 feet.

If you’re able and willing, offer to do supply runs for high-risk neighbors, so they can stay safer at home. Arrange to leave items outside their door, so you can avoid in-person hand-offs.

Update your contacts list with neighbors’ info, to allow for a phone tree, email group, or a Facebook group.

Update your contact info with me, if it has changed since your NERO formed.


Consider volunteering - the need for volunteers is growing. Most opportunities will be teleconferenced, to reduce the spread of the virus. Specific tasks will be identified in the coming days and weeks. Email to let us know any skills you’d like to use, and your areas of possible interest.

Send me your ideas and questions - we’re all learning.




Vicky de Monterey Richoux

Vashon Maury NERO Coordinator

President, VashonBePrepared

EOC Logistics Section Chief

650/273-2140 cell

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