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By John Cornelison on 6/8/2020 1:53 PM
The following statement has been approved by a majority of VashonBePrepared Board Members. Thanks to our President Vicky de Monterey Richoux for crafting this.

In recent weeks we've witnessed devastating news of yet more innocent Black people being killed by police. Use of undue force has been used against peaceful protestors while they were exercising their First Amendment rights, further inflaming the situation. These events occur not in a time of relative political, economic, and social ease, but after months of fears, tensions, illnesses and deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Systemic racism combines with the COVID-19 pandemic, or any type of disaster, to result in far more dire outcomes for people of color, including:

History shows that, following any disaster, our most vulnerable neighbors...
By John Cornelison on 5/31/2020 12:15 PM
The following is a great post recommended by Vashon’s Jinna Risdal, PhD, and the original link (with diagrams) is at:

https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them

Updated: May 20

Please read this link to learn about the author and background to these posts.It seems many people are breathing some relief, and I’m not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted. We have robust data from the outbreaks in China and Italy, that shows the backside of the mortality curve declines slowly, with deaths persisting for months. Assuming we have just crested in deaths at 70k, it is possible that we lose another 70,000 people over the next 6 weeks as we come off that peak. That's what's going to happen with a lockdown. As states reopen, and we give the virus more fuel, all bets are off. I...
By John Cornelison on 5/26/2020 2:39 PM
· Registration has started for reopening workshops being put on by the Chamber of Commerce. Fifteen of the workshops have been scheduled over the next two weeks. They are designed to aid local businesses and organizations open up under the Phase 2 safety conditions set by the Governor. The planning workshops will help businesses reduce risk to staff, ensure customers feel safe and secure, and give business operators confidence that they are following best practices to protect our community’s health. The free workshops are offered by Vashon Chamber of Commerce and are being funded by VashonBePrepared. Each participant will receive a toolkit that will including masks (provided by Masks for Vashon), sanitizer, floor signs for six foot distancing, and signage for the establishment's safety commitments. One option in the free toolkit will be plexiglass sneeze shields fabricated by volunteers from the Makerspace/Tool Library group. Visit https://www.vashonchamber.com/re-opening-round-tables/...
By John Cornelison on 5/22/2020 3:26 PM
The following is a collection of thank you notes that the community has sent to VashonBeprepared! We are honored to be recognized.

P.R.That is outstanding news! Makes me feel even better than ever about living on Vashon. Together, we will make it through!

Y.M.(volunteer too!)That's amazing we've raised that much amount in short time! And yes, the time people are giving to help others are wonderful. I'm grateful for the Vashon community.

M.M.P.Thank you for the incredible work you are all doing. The daily bulletin alone is a huge effort and representative of so much of your work. We are so lucky to live on this beautiful island!

L.G.I am pleased to hear that over $200,000 has been raised so far. It is my privilege to be in a position to help islanders and our community.

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By John Cornelison on 5/7/2020 1:39 PM
The White House attempted to bury CDC’s scientific guidance, but it was made public though a leak.

Here is the full text of the Draft COVID-19 reopening guidance from CDC, titled “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework”. Or as a PDF document.



Interim Guidance for Child Care Programs The reopening of child care programs is crucial to helping parents and guardians return to work. Many States have closed schools for the academic year and, with summer quickly approaching, an increasing number of working parents may need to rely on these programs. CDC’s Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs and supplemental Guidance for Child...
By John Cornelison on 5/3/2020 8:11 AM
imageIn talking to each other, we can help ourselves and each other, even at a distance.

I am moved to action by the words of spiritual care provider Tom Craighead, a retired Episcopal Priest/Social Worker:

I think of countless souls who simply need someone to be with and hear them. Facing an uncertain future or the threat of loss, many people instinctively want to talk. They may not know what they need. They might need to vent, to feel their anger, fear, or grief by speaking it. Talking helps them find their emotional footing. It often helps ground and calms them. Talking can also reconnect a person with themselves,...
By John Cornelison on 4/30/2020 10:17 AM


imageIn this time of uncertainty, it may be difficult to find the support you need to take care of your families. Fortunately, many government programs have expanded their eligibility requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic. For a full list of state programs that you may qualify for, fill out this survey on Washington Connection. If you are looking for one of the following specific services, please download the King County COVID-19 Resource Guide...
By John Cornelison on 4/29/2020 6:56 AM
clip_image002From Public Health – Seattle & King County yesterday comes the following insight into our short term future with regards to social distancing.

How long will social distancing continue? •The modeling done by IHME at the University of Washington is somewhat reassuring, but the conclusions are not certain.•It doesn’t show what happens if people stop complying or are not as effective as they assume.​•Our success at distancing has limited the number of people that have been infected, and that also means most of us remain susceptible to the virus.•If...
By John Cornelison on 4/28/2020 7:00 AM
Vashon has been struck by a silent, devastating earthquake.More than 1,000 of our neighbors have lost their jobs.4 out of 10 Vashon businesses have shut down & many may never open again.Our cherished nonprofits are struggling to feed and shelter our most vulnerable.Click Here for the Relief Fund Giving Page. We Must Act Now to Save the Vashon We Love.Responding and recovering from this crisis will require a major long term recovery movement to make a big difference. The Vashon COVID Relief Fund aims to raise $425,000 for short and long term RELIEF and RECOVERY.We have already raised $170,000 and now it’s your turn.Our island community needs your help. The...
By John Cornelison on 4/24/2020 9:38 AM
Vashon’s second COVID-19 Town Hall will take place Saturday, April 25, from 10 am to 11:30 am. It will have a panel of island experts joining Fire Chief Charlie Krimmert and leaders of the all-volunteer Vashon Emergency Operations Center to answer questions about COVID-19 and the island’s response to layoffs, business closures, food availability, testing, transportation issues and what happens when Stay Home restrictions ease.  View the Town Hall live in English at http://Facebook.com/backbonevashon/live or http://Vashonresilience.org,...
By John Cornelison on 4/22/2020 2:40 PM

Vashon Town Hall: The next island wide COVID-19 Briefing and Town Hall will be on Saturday April 25th from 10-11:30am. A live Spanish translation will be available. Work continues on technology to support the town hall online viewing, instructions will be released tomorrow. In advance of the meeting, please send your questions to townhallquestions@vashonbeprepared.org

By John Cornelison on 4/21/2020 2:59 PM

The Chamber of Commerce webinar series, Chamber Chat, will next be held Thursday April 22nd from 9-9:45am, the topic will be Grant Writing in a Nutshell presented by Allison Shirk. For more information or to register visit https://www.vashonchamber.com/

By John Cornelison on 4/21/2020 2:45 PM

Emergency Funds ($500) for Food Service Workers - The Plate Fund is distributing $500 grants to King County food service workers who have experienced a reduction in hours or been laid off.

http://theplatefund.com/apply

By John Cornelison on 4/20/2020 2:41 PM

The Chamber of Commerce webinar series, Chamber Chat, will next be held Tuesday, April 21st from 9-9:45am, the Chat will be an Open Forum discussion on challenges facing Tenants and Landlords. For more information or to register visit https://www.vashonchamber.com/.

By John Cornelison on 4/16/2020 8:59 AM

SBA announced that it is out funds after only two weeks, and is not accepting applications from small businesses.  1,637,000 applications valued at $339 Billion were accepted.  This affects island business looking for relief through Payroll Protection Program.  Applications for the PPP funds commenced April 3.  Applicants were initially taken only from for profit entities.  Nonprofits applications followed the following week.

Congress continues to debate additional funding.

-- From Sam Williams

By John Cornelison on 4/15/2020 7:24 PM

For Vashon Nonprofit organizations: The Chamber of Commerce webinar series, Chamber Chat, will next be held on Thursday April 16th, 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The topic will be the new federal Payroll Protection Program and other aid that can help non-profit organizations with Jay Williamson and Lynn Greiner. For more information or to register visit https://www.vashonchamber.com/.

By John Cornelison on 4/14/2020 6:00 PM
The following is from the Washington Employment Security Department

1. Find out what you’re eligible for.  Visit esd.wa.gov/unemployment and download the eligibility checker.  Eligible for regular unemployment insurance (UI)? Apply as soon as possible!  Before you...
By John Cornelison on 4/13/2020 3:42 PM
Navigating Tax Stimulus and Unemployment Benefits for Employees and the Self-Employed: April 14th (Tuesday) 9:00 am - 9:45 amVashon Island Chamber Chat COVID-19 Business Resource SeriesThe Vashon-Maury Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the EOC is hosting a series of webinars focused on issues facing our business community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chamber Chat COVID-19 Business Resource Series #4: Navigating Tax Stimulus and Unemployment Benefits for Employees and the Self-EmployedDeborah Diamond, retired IRS Governmental Liaison, will review the federal Tax Stimulus payments for individuals, provide an overview of unemployment options (standby/furloughed/laid offs) and discuss the employers' role. Review how to prepare an expanded benefit application for self-employed and 1099 workers.Learn More/Register https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg…...
By John Cornelison on 4/6/2020 2:50 PM

The Chamber of Commerce webinar series, Chamber Chat, will next be held on Tuesday, April 7th from 9-9:45am.

Tuesday's topic is An Accountant’s Perspective on Payroll, FMLA and SBA Loans with Chris Hunt.

For more information or to register visit https://www.vashonchamber.com/.

On Thursday April 9th the topic will be Setting Up an Online Store & Getting the Word Out w/ Katie Hermanns.

By John Cornelison on 4/4/2020 4:41 PM
Vashon Island residents will have access to COVID-19 testing for residents whose medical care provider – on or off island - has referred them for a test. Testing will start April 7th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. operating on weekdays as the availability of testing materials allows.The Vashon Covid-19 Testing Project will use a simplified procedure that minimizes exposure of patients and volunteer staff and the need for precious personal protective equipment. Vashon Island is particularly at risk because clinics and first responders have limited capacity, the island lacks an urgent care clinic or emergency room, and there are many high-risk residents. Testing focuses public health efforts on isolating and supporting infected individuals so they do not infect others. “Testing helps us identify who has the virus. Once we know who has the virus, we can contact others who have been exposed and test any of those with symptoms. The providers who make the referral are a critical part of this tracking. This is the fastest and...
By John Cornelison on 4/2/2020 2:54 PM

Details have been finalized for viewing and participating in Saturday's community wide briefing and town hall.

Vashon Fire Chief Charlie Krimmert and members of the Vashon Emergency Operations Center will hold a web-based town hall community briefing on Coronavirus and Covid19 on Saturday, April 4, from 10 am to 11:30 am.

The event will be presented in both Spanish and English. If you’d like to submit questions, email them to townhallquestions@vashonbeprepared.org.

You can view the town hall live online via http://www.vashonresilience.org. The event is being produced in partnership with Backbone Campaign, VashonBePrepared and Voice of Vashon.

By John Cornelison on 3/30/2020 1:29 PM
10 Things to Manage Your Health at Home

Poster: 10 ways to manage respiratory symptoms at homeEnglish pdf icon[1 page] | Spanishpdf icon | Chinesepdf icon | Vietnamesepdf icon | Koreanpdf icon10 things you can do to manage your health at homeIf you have possible or confirmed COVID-19:Stay home from work, school, and...
By John Cornelison on 3/24/2020 9:53 AM
VashonBePrepared and Vashon Fire Logos

Sorry folks this was published last Saturday and only now is getting posted to this site. Next updates will happen on a timely basis!

Date: March 21, 2020

SUMMARY

Vashon Island’s volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has established the COVID Testing Steering Committee exploring options for testing island residents for COVID-19. Humans have no immunity and currently no medications are available. Vashon Island has no cases confirmed by Public Health – Seattle and King County (PHSKC).

Local physicians explore COVID testing for Vashon Island residents

STORY

The Vashon Island’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has established a COVID Testing Steering Committee. The committee...
By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 3/17/2020 12:15 PM
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

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By John Cornelison on 3/9/2020 11:04 AM
Recommendations for people at high risk for complications from COVID-19 (i.e. older than 60 years, have chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems, or who are pregnant) and families who live with them: Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies. Create a household plan of action (see CDC’s home plan checklist). Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Avoid crowds and other congregate settings. Try to avoid being in large groups of people, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after...
By John Cornelison on 3/7/2020 8:24 AM
o Information on management of isolation in the community for patients who test positive for COVID-19: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDcasepositive.pdfo What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19):https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDexposed.pdfo For guidance on minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in food establishments, visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novelcoronavirus/food-establishments.aspxThe...
By John Cornelison on 3/5/2020 10:41 PM
March 5, 2020SummaryPublic Health has specific advice for people who have been confirmed with COVID-19, have been around someone with COVID-19, or are feeling unwell but haven’t been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. With respect to testing, Public Health – Seattle & King County does not typically conduct testing. Testing is typically conducted by taking a swab at a health care provider’s office.StoryIn King County, we currently have reported 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We are likely to see many more cases of COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks. Symptoms of COVID-19 typically include fever, cough or shortness of breath. Here is guidance on what to do:What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19Restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, taxis, or ride-share. Monitor your symptoms and call before visiting your doctor. If...
By John Cornelison on 3/4/2020 2:48 PM
4 March 2020SummaryLocal health officials announced new guidance to King County residents aimed at reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. While all residents can take steps now, people with underlying health conditions are urged to follow recommendations to avoid large gatherings of people.StoryLocal health officials announced today new recommendations to King County residents aimed at reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. We understand these actions will have a tremendous impact on the lives of people in our community. We are making these recommendations in consultation with CDC based on the best information we have currently to protect the public's health.This is a critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in King County and these measures can potentially impact the spread of the disease.Public Health is recommending, but not requiring, the following steps:People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public...
By John Cornelison on 3/4/2020 11:56 AM
ingredients to make your own hand sanitizer:2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol 1/3 cup aloe vera gel5-10 drops of essential oil (optional)Mixing bowlSpoonFunnelTwo-ounce spray bottle or liquid soap containerMasking tape and pen or marker for labeling the container (or adhesive labels)

Directions: Pour the alcohol and aloe vera in a bowl and stir until blended. Add several drops of essential oil and stir to help mask the smell of alcohol. Use the funnel to pour the eight ounce mixture into containers, then affix the strips of marked masking tape (or adhesive labels) to identify the bottles' contents.

Just be sure to wind up with 60-70% alcohol in the final solution. Resulting sanitizers are effective for some weeks in a closed bottle.

Details at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hand-sanitizer-coronavirus-make-your-own/

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By John Cornelison on 3/2/2020 8:17 AM
imageAs COVID-19 begins spreading through Washington, be prepared for scams and misadvise to spread with it.



VashonBePrepared’s suggestion? Ensure you are tracking authoritative (i.e., scientific, balanced) sources of information.

imageWe have prepared a list of these sources on our new web page:

www.vashonbeprepared.org/covid-19



By John Cornelison on 1/28/2020 4:22 PM
April 7-9, 2020Lynnwood Convention Center3711 196th Street SW Lynnwood, WA 98036

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Building stronger partnerships in the emergency management field through encouragement, collaboration and continuous education.

Join your colleagues in emergency management for three days of exceptional learning and networking opportunities. The Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference (PIEPC) is the #1 Emergency Preparedness Conference in the Northwest. Connecting more than 400 professionals representing business, education, government, non-profits, emergency management, utilities, hospitals and more, the...
By John Cornelison on 4/19/2019 5:34 PM
Hepatitis-A-fact-sheet-People-Living-Homeless-1Do you know the difference between Hepatitis A and C, is your family protected?

Today Public Health – Seattle & King County reported Hep A was active in King County. In private correspondence they indicated the individual is not known to have visited Vashon – although their contacts...
By John Cornelison on 3/28/2019 10:24 AM
Building, sustaining volunteer health-care teams on Salish Sea islands who should attend:  island residents (from across the Salish Sea) who are physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, pharmacists when:  Saturday, April 6   9a.m. - 4p.m. where:  Vashon Land Trust Building 10014 SW Bank Rd, Vashon, WA 98070 map this cost:  $20 suggested donation hosts:  Vashon Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and VashonBePrepared RSVP (seating limited to 50):  contact John Osborn MD  MRC@VashonBePrepared.org We live within the "Ring of Fire" - a place beautiful and prone to major geologic events such as the Cascadia Earthquake. ...
By John Cornelison on 7/31/2018 8:17 AM
imageA major new report has just been issued by the UW Climate Impacts Group. For the first time it gives detailed predictions for sea level rise that is mapped throughout Washington’s coast line, including Puget Sound.

Vashon is covered by 6 overlapping study regions, as shown in the map to the right.

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By John Cornelison on 7/18/2018 10:49 AM
NWCCExpoOver a decade ago, about 75 enthusiastic CERT volunteers came out to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Snohomish County, for the day. That memorable day, in 2003, was the first CERT Expo. The CERT Expo evolved to include continuing education sessions in the morning and participation by volunteers in a disaster exercise in the afternoon.  In 2005, the CERT Expo expanded and moved to the Everett Community College. Our intrepid volunteers...
By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 6/17/2018 6:39 AM

Voice of Vashon filmed the March 31 preparedness seminar so you can watch it from home anytime.

By John Cornelison on 6/15/2018 4:36 PM
clip_image002Vashon Maury Island Radio Club and VashonBePrepared invite the public to visit Vashon’s amateur radio volunteers at next Saturday’s 2018 Field Day event!

Vashon Hams gather at our Field Day location atop the Swallow’s Nest Bluff on June 23rd and 24th to compete in the largest single amateur radio and emergency preparedness exercise. It's a fun day to come out and...
By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 5/16/2018 9:53 AM
Happy Spring! This lovely weather is a reminder that summer block party season is just around the corner. Calendars fill quickly in the mild seasons, but we're eager to help with preparedness activities in your neighborhood, so if you are planning a block party or other neighborhood gathering, and would like any of: a presenter, handouts, visual aids, any other information relevant to your group or neighborhood, please let me know as soon as possible. 



There are numerous Vashon-Maury neighborhoods where folks know each other, but we may not know about you. Please let us know your group's status, and your status as a captain or leader. Is your group still active? (have you gotten together in the past year?) Are you personally still leading your group? Do you have a co-leader/co-captain who would also like to be on the NERO email list? Did you move to a new neighborhood? (Do we have your current address?) Would you like help organizing or reviving your NERO group? Does your neighborhood have specific...
By John Cornelison on 3/10/2018 2:37 PM
March 31 - Free Seminar imageSevere weather or an earthquake WILL create these Vashon conditions: The power out for days or longer Homes damaged, roads closed Phones not working well or at all Our Fire Department overloaded with emergency responses Ferries stop serving Vashon – docks may be damaged or boats needed elsewhere Gas, supplies and groceries not arriving from the mainland Families separated – some folks stranded off-island;...
By John Cornelison on 3/10/2018 2:29 PM
Vashon Island CERT:image Sponsored by Vashon Island Fire & Rescue….CERT is both a basic course and an active local team of citizens prepared to support the Fire Dept. or Sheriff A partner with VashonBePrepared, the local network of citizen groups and government agencies dedicated to leading our island in preparedness and response

VashonBePrepared.org - Vashon's Disaster Preparedness Coalition

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By John Cornelison on 2/3/2018 9:51 AM
Sign Up Link

What:

You’re invited to a South Seattle Home Fair on February 10, 2018, hosted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Here’s your chance to ask an expert about your planned remodel and our permitting process and code requirements. You can also get information about rental housing rules, homeowner assistance, landslide awareness, and much, much more.

Who: Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, renter, or potential homeowner, this event has something for you.

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Filipino Community Center 5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S (The Filipino Community Center is ADA accessible.)

Cost: Free

Event Contact: Moon Callison, moon.callison@seattle.gov, 206-615-1486

What: We will have several staffed information tables and three helpful presentations:

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. –Earthquake...
By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 1/13/2018 11:23 AM
Mark your calendar for this free and informative session
By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 1/11/2018 11:34 AM
Small classes with limited seats - sign up soon!
By John Cornelison on 10/3/2017 9:17 AM
PrepareForFoulHelp your family, neighborhood and community be more prepared!

This Saturday VashonBePrepared sponsors the Prepare Fair,  from 10am till 2pm at the main fire station.

As part of the annual VIFR Open House, your family is invited for:

free hot dogs cooked by firefighters, a bouncy house for the wee ones, a chance to sit in a real fire engine, Airlift NW helicopter, prize drawings every half-hour,...
By John Cornelison on 9/11/2017 7:57 AM
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Severe weather or an earthquake WILL create these Vashon conditions: The power out for days or longer Homes damaged, some roads closed Phones not working well or at all Vashon Island Fire & Rescue overwhelmed Ferries stop serving Vashon – docks may be damaged or the boats needed elsewhere Gas, supplies and groceries not arriving from the mainland Families separated – some folks stranded off-island; many folks can’t get to work Learn the ropes to be resilient – not to mention well-fed! Four hours packed with resources, advice & island...
By John Cornelison on 6/18/2017 12:17 PM
clip_image002Vashon Maury Island Radio Club and VashonBePrepared invites the public to visit Vashon’s amateur radio volunteers at this Saturday’s 2017 Field Day event!

Vashon Hams gather at our new Field Day location atop the Swallow’s Nest Bluff on June 24th & 25th to compete in the largest single amateur radio and emergency preparedness exercise.

Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio. Families and the...
By John Cornelison on 6/7/2017 9:44 AM
The Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of North America spans from northern California to southern British Columbia.SEATTLE – A year following one of the nation’s largest domestic drills, lessons-learned continue to guide strategies that improve the Pacific Northwest’s ability to survive and recover from a catastrophic Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) earthquake and tsunami.

On June 7, 2016, more than 20,000 emergency managers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington kicked off Cascadia Rising 2016, a four-day, large scale exercise to test response and recovery capabilities in the wake of a 9.0 magnitude CSZ earthquake and tsunami. The exercise involved local, state, tribal and federal partners,...
By John Cornelison on 3/16/2017 7:50 AM
Although this is still evolving, the initial blueprint of the federal budget has the following language:

DHS starts on page 23 of the 62 page document.  FEMA preparedness grant language is on page 24.

Eliminates or reduces State and local grant funding by $667 million for programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that are either unauthorized by the Congress, such as FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, or that must provide more measurable results and ensure the Federal Government is not supplanting other stakeholders’ responsibilities, such as the Homeland Security Grant Program. For that reason, the Budget also proposes establishing a 25 percent non-Federal cost match for FEMA preparedness grant awards that currently require no cost match. This is the same cost-sharing approach as FEMA’s disaster recovery grants. The activities and acquisitions funded through these grant programs are primarily State and local functions. •

Link to the Trump budget blueprint...

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Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
No on ventilators. They require a paramedic to insert the tubes and at that point should be off island in a proper care facility. Low flow oxygen is easily available, but those needing it only for COVID should also be in a proper care facility.
Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
The large national company, Lab Corp, announced that they can do testing as of last Friday. I believe they are used by both clinics on the island. Local clinicians just do a nasal swab as I understand it and then send those in for testing. The test kits reside at the laboratory.

In addition other test facilities exist, but are unlikely to be used directly by island providers. Contact their websites and offices before you go in with any respiratory issues. Their information is likely to change frequently until more is known about the virus.

I don't know about ventilators, but will ask. Thanks for your comment!
Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
Will Vashon be getting testing kits soon in the hands of all doctors and first responders on island? Can the Gates Foundation help in this regard? Can we get the Neighborcare Clinic better prepared in this regard?

How many ventilators are on island? This is where critical shortages seem imminent.

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