For Current Emergencies
To Get the Latest News
The latest information from the Vashon EOC (and our alternative distribution points) are available on our news page.
To Report an Incident or Request Help
Call 911 on a telephone
Reach Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR)
10020 Southwest Bank Road
Vashon, WA 98070-4646
In a true disaster, Vashon's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may become active. Contact the Vashon EOC using the above contact info, using extension 319 after hours.
Depending on how wide-spread an event is, you may also be able to reach help at your local fire station. Please note that these are natural rallying points, but are not guarenteed to be active or staffed.
Local VIFR fire stations on Vashon-Maury Island
VIFR Stations Address
Vashon, Station 55 10020 SW Bank Rd.
Burton, Station 56 10330 SW Burton Dr
Tahlequah, Station 57 30241 131st Ave SW
Dockton, Station 58 26316 99th Ave SW
North End, Station 59 11983 Vashon Hwy SW
If you have a FRS/GMRS radio, it is suggested that you use channel 2 (with privacy codes off) to communicate with other islanders. Be aware that GMRS (and more so, FRS) have a very limited range of ~1-4 miles (outdoors, with a clear line of sight to the recieving station) or much less depending on many factors.
In true emergencies, anyone (with the proper radios) can communicate with the local active ARES group (organized as part of the VMIRC) and the Vashon EOC over these frequencies:
- W7VMI repeater - 443.5 MHz (+5 MHz, 103.5 Hz tone)
- ARES Simplex - 147.52 MHz
- ARES Backup Simplex - 146.50 MHz
VashonBePrepared is Vashon's disaster preparedness coalition, operated by many volunteers as a very lean layer of communication and coordination embracing our various partner organizations. Depending on your interest, please contact the organization or person below to best respond to your questions:
If you would like to reach one of our partner organizations, please see our Partners page.
To organize a neighborhood, or organization: Read Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization (NERO), or the Business Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization (BNERO), then contact NERO lead Vicky de Monterey Richoux: (NERO@VashonBePrepared.org)
To volunteer: Read our Helping Out page, then contact Jan Milligan (CERT@VashonBePrepared.org)
Public Information: John Staczek (email@example.com)
Emergency Sheltering: Cathy Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Website & Software: John Cornelison (john@VashonBePrepared.org)
General: Rick Wallace (rick@VashonBePrepared.org)
For telephone inquiries please contact VIFR at (206) 463-2405.
Please note that our mail box is only checked every few weeks.
P.O. Box 2840
Vashon, WA 98070-2840