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The Monthly Connection
January 2010

Disaster ready...prepared people,
resilient community

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New Year, New(ish) Resolution
With 2010 upon us, the Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continues its commitment to bring pertinent, timely preparedness information your way. Turn to this monthly ticker for the latest announcements, updates and opportunities to enhance your preparedness. Then, every quarter well issue a seasonal newsletter with more in-depth features and a forum that includes your feedback. For 2010, we resolve to bring preparedness to you in a way that makes sense.

Tip of the Month
January 4 is Trivia Day! So here is your trivia question for the month...
What is your neighborhood meeting place in the event of a disaster?
Dont know? Well then, take this opportunity to meet your neighbors and find a place in your area were people can come together. You want to know that you and your neighbors are safe and accounted for during an area-wide emergency. Pick a place that is out of the elements and central for your neighborhood. Disasters can happen at any time, so find a spot that is easy to access and has some cover.

January 18 is the observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Help to move our nation closer to the Beloved Community King imagined. Think of how you would like to serve your community. Could you take the time to get to know two of your neighbors? How about finding out who might need assistance in your neighborhood during a disaster? For a variety of volunteering opportunities, go to Make this a day on, not a day off!

Calendar Announcements

  • January 11, Deadline for Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Project Funds
    Want to organize your neighborhood to become more disaster prepared? Need funding help to buy emergency supplies? Check out the Neighborhood Matching Funds Small and Simple Project Fund for ways the City can help you build a stronger community. To learn about this program, deadlines and application process, go to the Department of Neighborhoods website.
  • January 23, Earthquake Home Retrofit, Greenwood Branch Library
    Is your home ready for an earthquake? Attend this class and learn how to retrofit your home. Class is free and especially important for homes built before 1980. For more, go to the Emergency Management Event Calendar
  • February 27 and February 28, American Humane's Basic Animal Emergency Services Training
    Noah Center, Stanwood, WA
    Who should attend: Anyone interested in the welfare of animals following a disaster, professionals trained in disaster response, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters, animal shelter staff, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet technicians and animal handlers/trainers. For specific times and training details, call Shelby at (303) 925-9461, visit or e-mail
  • Ongoing for January
    Interested in amateur radio? For information on the upcoming amateur radio program and classes call Mark Sheppard at (206) 684-5027. Or check out the website at

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