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By John Cornelison on 7/28/2021 4:30 PM
Even in temperate western Washington it can take only a few sunny days for forests to dry out enough to catch fire. And, in windy conditions wildfires can get out of control quickly. Wildfires burn every year in east King County. Before wildfire strikes, homeowners can help protect lives and property by creating a fire-adapted space around structures.Top 8 tips for maintaining a wildfire safety zone in the 30 feet around your homeRemove all dead plant material from around your home. Rake up dry leaves (under decks and porches too!) and move firewood away from the house. Keep your roof and gutters clear of flammable debris.Place a 3 to 5-foot swath of gravel or stones around the foundation of your home instead of flammable mulch.Prune branches that overhang or touch the house. Take out "ladder fuels," vegetation between grass and treetops that can carry fire between foliage and structures.  Keep blowing embers out of your house. Cover exterior vents with fine (1/8-inch) mesh. Store flammable materials, including...
By John Cornelison on 7/26/2021 3:16 PM
The Vashon Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and VashonBePrepared are working closely with an island business to contain a potentially significant COVID exposure event.

An employee at Fair Isle Animal Clinic tested positive for COVID yesterday, Sunday, July 25th.  As a safety measure, Fair Isle has now taken a number of steps to make sure everyone stays safe. For example, Fair Isle had reopened its doors a few weeks ago but today reverted to curbside service as a way to prevent spread of COVID.

"There's nothing more important than keeping our patients, clients and staff safe. We are here for the health of Vashon and its animals," said Dr. Dana Ness, the owner of Fair Isle Animal Clinic. "We are following all guidelines and are very grateful to MRC, the EOC and VashonBePrepared for their technical assistance in this effort and their many months of experience with the pandemic. We are especially grateful for the way the people of Vashon are pulling together to support everyone...
By John Cornelison on 7/21/2021 3:53 PM
imageIn response to the impacts of COVID-19, Drive-In Wi-Fi Hotspots provide free temporary, emergency internet access for Washingtonians who do not have broadband service to their homes.Washington Wi-Fi Finder:https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/

Seattle residents can also find additional indoor locations at: http://www.seattle.gov/tech/services/internet-access/free-public-wi-fi

In...
By John Cornelison on 7/17/2021 12:04 PM
imageA new web application from ESRI provides a nice visual overlay to the latest ocean flooding scenarios – including Seattle and by inference, Vashon too.

https://apl.esri.com/jg/hightideflooding/ is the web site which states:

High tide flooding today mostly affects low-lying and exposed assets or infrastructure, such as roads, harbors, beaches, public storm-, waste- and fresh-water systems and private and commercial properties.  Due to rising relative sea level (RSL), more and more cities are becoming increasingly exposed and evermore vulnerable to high tide flooding, which is rapidly increasing in frequency, depth...
By John Cornelison on 7/14/2021 1:27 PM
Number of Reported COVID Cases Among Fully Vaccinated Continues to Climb • Children's Health Defense

July 14: COVID-19 is on the rise in King County and Vashon's case count has jumped by four cases in the last several days to a total of 125 since the pandemic began last year. That remains a good record compared to the other King County communities, an infection rate about one-third of the county as a whole. However, the trends are cause for concern and one of the new Vashon cases gives us an important reality check, a breakthrough infection of a vaccinated patient."We may feel we are done with COVID, but COVID isn't done with us. We still have COVID on Vashon," explained Dr. Zach Miller, an infectious disease expert and leader of the...
By John Cornelison on 7/2/2021 7:49 PM
Prevent Vashon Wildfires

The fourth of July is this Sunday and proper use and management of fireworks is important.Here are a few things to remember on the 4th:

Please use only legal fireworks.If it goes up in the air or explodes, it's illegal. No bottle rockets or firecrackers.Consumer fireworks permitted in King County Only on July 4th 9:00 AM ‘til midnight.Have responsible adults light fireworksand keep kids at a safe distance.Move away quickly after lighting and wear eye protection.Have a water hose ready to squirt, plus a bucket of water to soak used fireworks.Use fireworks...

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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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