COVID-19 Resources

Vashon’s COVID response & recovery efforts moved to standby/monitoring mode at the end of June. See the info cards below for current, accurate pandemic information. (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)

Friday, November 26: Vashon COVID Update (link):  

  • Vaccination Success: More Than Half of Vashon’s 5 – 11 Year Olds Get First Shots • On-Island Vaccination Availability • Help Prevent a Flu/COVID “Twindemic”
  • Vashon Center for the Arts Re-Opens • Learn to Manage Pandemic Anger: Theirs and Yours •  Latest Vashon COVID Statistics
Updated testing info available here 

Access the latest COVID information (including the following), as a PDF: Vashon COVID Guide

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, including 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

Planning Ahead: Evergreen Quake Exercise Dates & Participation Confirmed for 2012!

Feb 16

Written by:
2/16/2011 1:26 PM  RssIcon

image Yes, 2012! More is to come, and you can consult Chief Lipe or Exercise Czar Rick Wallace for all the details, but for now please just add the following dates to next year’s calendar:

2012 Exercise Series

  • Functional Exercise: June 5-6
  • Logistics Drill: June 12-14
  • Recovery TTX: August 15 & 22


Evergreen Quake is a series of three exercises that is intended to test the ability of local, state, federal and tribal governments, as well as select private sector entities located within the eight-county Puget Sound Metro Area to collaboratively respond to and recover from a large-scale to catastrophic Seattle Fault earthquake. The ultimate goal of the exercise-series is to improve the collective operational readiness of emergency/ disaster managers, and other public safety institutions that are participating in the exercise. The three exercises in the series and their tentative dates are:

  • Functional Exercise (June 5-6, 2012)
  • Logistics Exercise/Drill (June 12-14, 2012)
  • Recovery Table Top Exercise (August 15 and August 22, 2012)

image Achieving our collective exercise goals will require a well designed and effectively executed set of exercises. This will be the charge of the ‘Evergreen Quake’ Exercise Design Interagency Working Committee and its respective Subcommittees. Working together, Puget Sound Area city, county, state, federal, non governmental, and private sector officials that volunteer to serve on the various ‘Evergreen Quake’ exercise design and planning subcommittees will collaboratively build a realistic-as-possible set of exercises through the development of comprehensive scenario documents, a challenging Master Scenario Events List, and a  robust simulation and control cell.


image Scenario

What else, our favorite: a BIG earthquake! But there are “Five Overarching Themes”

  1. Information Sharing and Situational Awareness
  2. Logistics and Resources Management
  3. Medical Response Operations
  4. Sheltering/Mass-Care and Housing
  5. Regional Transportation Resiliency

Seminar/Workshop program

  • Seminar 1: “Recovery 101” (Late Oct/early Nov 2011)
  • Seminar 2: Transportation and Utilities (Late Jan 2012)
  • Seminar 3: Capitalization (March 2012)
  • Seminar 4: Restoration (Late Apr/early May 2012)

A Big Deal

Based on the early announcement of this, and the long (& many) lists of participants (below), this looks to be a “big deal”, so get ready!

image Functional Exercise Participants (so far)

6 Counties

11 Cities (if you seriously stretch things and call Vashon a city)

15 Federal Agencies (if you call each of FEMA’s appendages an agency)

–ESF 10 (US EPA)
–ESF 11 (USDA)
–ESF 13 (BATF)
–ESF 15 (FEMA)
–USCG District 13

–American Medical Response
–Port of Tacoma
–Tacoma Water
–ARC (King/Kitsap)
–ARC (Mt. Rainier/Tacoma)
–Western State Hospital
–Tacoma/Pierce Public Health
–South King Fire
–Canadian Consulate
–British Consulate
–Central Pierce F&R
–Browns Point Dash Point Fire Dept
–Pierce County PSAP (LESA)

image Logistics

“The purpose of this exercise is to validate the combined local, state, and federal capability to manage resources after a major regional disaster.”

“The exercise will simulate an emergency supply chain including a federal incident support base, a state staging area, one or more local staging areas, and multiple community points of distribution”


So far Vashon isn’t listed among those participating in the Logistics component – but I suspect we will be soon!

–Thurston County with Olympia
–Pierce County (?) with Puyallup
–Snohomish County with Marysville and Brier
–Kitsap County with Bremerton and Bainbridge
State Agencies
–Emergency Management Division
–Department of General Administration
–Department of Health
–Washington State Patrol
–Department of Transportation
–Washington National Guard
Federal Agencies
–US Navy

Recovery Tabletop Update

Two exercises will be held:

  • Phase 1 is short term (14-30 days after the quake) recovery (conducted August 15, 2012)
  • Phase 2 is long term (180-360 days after the quake) recovery (conducted August 22, 2012)