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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
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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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Vashon Emergency News

Vashon Emergency NewsThere are many sources for emergency information, however they may not all be available or accessible after a disaster. VashonBePrepared, under the aegis of Vashon Fire & Rescue and ultimately the King County Office of Emergency Management attempts to distribute information during emergencies to these sources:

If the event is serious enough, written copies of the information are also likely to be posted at local fire stations on Vashon and Maury Island: Vashon (#55), Burton (#56), Tahlequah (#57), Dockton (#58) & North End (#59).

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