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 (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)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
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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
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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
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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

FEMA to Update National Incident Management System Training Plan

Apr 25

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4/25/2011 9:02 AM  RssIcon

image The Five-Year NIMS Training Plan, originally released February 2008 is being revised. The comment period for the new National Incident Management System Training Plan ended February 22, several hundred comments have been adjudicated, and just last week the document was transmitted up to FEMA Deputy Administrator Manning, according to the Emergency Management Institute. Final release is likely just weeks away - without new obstacles. Access the The NIMS Training Plan (Draft) at www.regulations.gov, Docket # FEMA-2009-0012.

The document has received a fundamental rewrite and is actually ~10% shorter, with a bit less background. For instance the figure at bottom-left (Operational Foundation for NIMS Training and Personnel Qualification Guidelines, from the Five-Year NIMS Training Plan) has been dropped.

Why is this important for Vashon preparedness efforts? Because this outlines what NIMS training each of us should have in our roles as Single Resource Leader, Unit Leader, Branch Director, Section Chief or Incident Commander.

Many Vashon volunteers attended ICS-100a and ICS-700 courses taught at VIFR’s Penny Farcy building back about January 2009. A few of us are also looking at attending ICS-300 and ICS-400 training this year.

Everyone should look at the chart to the right and decide what courses apply to your position/role. We currently recommend that everyone active in the EOC or other leadership positions at least take the free, online courses at IS-100.b - Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100 and IS-700.a NIMS An Introduction. These courses will provide a common understanding of concepts and terminology that can streamline communications wit each other, with professionals in the field and - in a major (class II or I) incident, with outside agencies.

 

Five-Year NIMS Training Plan - Figure 1: Operational Foundation for NIMS Training and Personnel Qualification GuidelinesIn addition, this document outlines the training required for credentialing:  “In addition to delineating responsibilities and actions, the NIMS Training Plan defines the process for developing training and personnel qualification requirements for emergency management/response personnel.” (Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 13 / Thursday, January 20, 2011, page 3648)

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