VashonBePrepared Partners

Partners in Community Preparedness with:

King County

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR)

Vashon Island School District (VISD)

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Team

Marine Emergency Response Team (MERT)

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

Vashon-Maury Island Radio Club (VMIRC, an ARES Affiliate)

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Neighborhood Emergency Response Organizations (NERO)

Vashon Island Emergency Management Area (VIEMA)

Voice of Vashon (VoV KVSH 101.9 FM, 1650 AM, TV channel 21)

In addition to these formal and regular partners, VashonBePrepared more informally works with a wide variety of other island and county entities such as the Vashon Chamber of Commerce, KC Transportation Department, WA State Ferries, KC Water Taxi District, the Vashon Airport, Ace Hardware, Thriftway, Island Lumber, Williams Heating, and any number of other firms and organizations.

Who Are All These Groups?!

VashonBePrepared provides a mechanism where all interested parties can collaborate, and where common objectives, such as public education, fundraising, and motivating our community to prepare can be done most equitably and efficiently.

Our core partners have disaster preparedness, mitigation, operations, or recovery as part of their core missions. Others partners are simply motivated given Vashon's special spirit and our unique vulnerabilities.

Some organizations are involved in preparations, when they are generally operating autonomously, while some are active during an actual disaster - where the typical behavior is a formal chain of command.

Looking at this chain of command, the rules are well spelled out, typically in formal legislation. President | FEMA | WA State Governor | WA EMD | (King County Executive?) | King County OEM | VIEMA | VIFR Fire Chief | Incident Commander.

The VashonBePrepared coalition adheres to the principles of the National Response Framework and the National Incident Management System (NIMS), including Incident Command System. Handy overview PDF's of the National Response Framework and planning guides are quite useful to understand the big picture.

VashonBePrepared's Informal Associations


Vashon Island Fire and Rescue  

Vashon/Maury Island Fire Department

Vashon-Maury Community Council  

The Vashon-Maury Community Council represents the interests of the Vashon-Maury Island community to King County and other government and non-governmental organizations in lieu of a municipal government.  

Vashon Chamber of Commerce  

The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce cultivates a vital environment for commerce and creates opportunities for Island businesses and organizations to prosper, while enriching the unique quality of life for every Islander.

Voice of Vashon  

Voice of Vashon is our community radio station, providing broadcast and online media resources that enable islanders to create, produce and distribute locally oriented, community-inspired programming.

Vashon Beachcomber  

Vashon's weekly newspaper.  


Washington State Emergency Resources  

A site for lists of state and other government emergency services  

King County Emergency Management  

King County's comprehensive Emergency Mangement Site  

FEMA Washington State Resources  

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, maintains a page of resource contacts for Washington State, as well as a number of other useful links.  

American Red Cross  

The American Red Cross provides emergency aid all over the world, including, if necessary, here on Vashon and Maury Islands.  

U.S. Geological Survey  

As an unbiased science organization, the USGS is dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten us.  

Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington  

UW's site for Geophysical studies, including the study of Earthquakes.