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The Monthly Connection
February 2011

Disaster ready...prepared people,
resilient community

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February Tip of the Month: Feb. 28 marks the 10-year anniversary of the 6.8 Nisqually Earthquake that damaged local buildings and served as a wake-up call on what can happen in just moments. For a clever take on staying safe – check out what we put together that makes preparedness fun, not frightening:

Special thanks to our talented volunteers: friends and family members from SNAP Leadership Academy, Seattle Police high-school interns, and Seattle Channel for helping us put these together.

And, just south of the border, see how the University of Oregon got their ducks in a row for a state-wide drill on January 26:

Saturday, Feb 12 is Neighbor Appreciation Day! Seventeen years ago, Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day, a time to celebrate the goodness in those around us. The event has been growing ever since. Find out more at the Department of Neighborhoods webpage.

Speaking of Neighbors … Seattle OEM/UW Bothell Research:  In January, Grover Nogawa, a University of Washington Bothell masters student, started a three-month internship with OEM researching what motivates people to take a proactive role in preparing for emergencies. His focus is the Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) program because of its approach on building relationships with neighbors. If you are interested in sharing your ideas and experiences, call Grover at (206) 727-3641 or email: We’ll provide updates in future issues on his research results.

Beware the Storm (we don’t mean basketball):  As we know, it’s not always about earthquakes. Learn more about the latest hazard gaining national attention, the ARkStorm, named for so-called “atmospheric rivers” scientists identify as moisture-filled air currents up to 200 miles wide and 2,000 miles long. See what the New York Times had to say about this.

It takes all kinds: Check out the most recent issue of the e-newsletter. Topic of the month: Collaborating with Faith-Based Organizations.

Beyond human … WASART (Washington State Animal Response Team) is an animal-owners best friend when it comes to emergency planning. Learn more in the latest WASART Newsletter.

As always, if you have a tip or item to share, please send it our way and you may see it in an upcoming issue: e-mail:

Calendar Announcements

Upcoming SNAP Classes:
(free and open to the public, no registration necessary)

  • Tuesday, Feb. 8, 6:30-7:45 pm, Queen Anne Branch Library, 400 W. Garfield St., 98119
  • Tuesday, March 8, 6:30-7:45 pm, Montlake Branch Library, 2401 24th Ave E., 98112
  • Tuesday, March 24, 6:30-7:45 pm, Rainier Beach Branch Library, 9125 Rainier Ave. S., 98118

Home Retrofit Classes:
If your home was built before 1980, consider attending this free, three-hour program. Learn about the permit process, time and costs involved, and more.

  • Saturday, Feb. 12, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Greenwood Branch Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 98119
  • Saturday, April 16, 11:00 am -2:00 pm, West Seattle Branch Library, 2306 42nd Ave. SW, 98116

For information on how to register, go to the Emergency Management Events Calendar

Looking Ahead …

Skills Training starts in April
Stay tuned for more on dates, topics and times. All classes will be held on Saturdays at the Brig in Magnuson Park. Classes are free, but registration is required. Specific dates and details will be posted in March.

Save the Date! April 16-17, Amateur Radio Communications Academy 2011, South Seattle Community College
Annual training for new and experienced amateur radio operators. For more information, go to:, contact Mark Sheppard at, or call 206-684-5027.

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