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The Monthly Connection
February 2012

Disaster ready...prepared people,
resilient community

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management would like to thank all of the neighborhoods that did their part during the snow and ice storm that hit Seattle January 17th. From shoveling sidewalks to clearing storm drains, Seattleites showed that they come together to support each other in times like this. This is also a great time to ask yourself . . . Was I as prepared as I thought I was?

Some questions you might want to ask: Did I have sufficient supplies? Were there people in the neighborhood that needed some additional help? Did I have sufficient supplies for a power outage? Did my crank radio work? Could I find my flashlights? Did I have back up batteries and other essential items?

If you would like to share a story about how your preparedness efforts helped you during the storm, or how you wish you had done something to different prepare yourself we would love to hear from you. Stories have a powerful effect on people and Seattle OEM is embarking on a project to collect stories to share with others to highlight the importance of preparedness. Please send stories to:

The winter storm was not as bad as it could have been and certainly wasn't even close to what we will experience in a major disaster. If you found that your level of preparedness was not as good as you had hoped it would be seize the moment and make some improvements. As always, the staff at Seattle Office of Emergency Management is here to help if you have questions or concerns.

Skills Training Classes for January - June 2012
The Seattle Office of Emergency Management is offering a series of skills-based classes again this year. These classes are intended to enhance your ability to personally respond during disasters. Provide training for organized community groups, neighbors, friends and co-workers and teach you life-saving skills that can be used both in a disaster and in your everyday life.

Fire Extinguisher Use & Utility Control
Saturday, March 3, 2012
9:00 - 11:00 AM or 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Light Search and Rescue
March 17, 2012
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Disaster First Aid
March 31, 2012
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Light Search and Rescue
May, 12, 2012
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Disaster First Aid
June 30, 2012
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

All classes are held on Saturdays at Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Building 406 (the Brig). Classes are free, but space is limited.

To register, email: Please include your name, email address, phone, the courses you are interested in and dates you are interested in attending.

SNAP Classes - February

Queen Anne Branch Library
400 W. Garfield St., 98119
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
6:30 - 7:45 PM

Ballard Branch Library - New Brown Bag Mid-week Class! Bring your lunch and enjoy.
5814 22nd Ave NW, 98107
Friday, February 10, 2012
Noon - 1:30 PM

New Holly Branch Library - New Location for 2012!
7058 32nd Ave S, 98118
Saturday, February 25, 2012
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Home Retrofit Class - February
If your home was built before 1980, this class is for you! "Do-it-yourself" focus teaches you the process, plans and tools required to seismically secure your home to its foundation, and/or become a knowledgeable consumer when hiring someone. Pre-register by email at:, or call 206-233-5076. Class is free.

Greenwood Branch Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 98103
Sunday, February 26, 2012
2:00 - 4:00 PM

For a complete listing of 2012 SNAP and Home Retrofit Classes, check out our Training & Events Page.

Tip of the Month
Keep important phone numbers, family photos and other vital instructions all in one place. Print out our NEWLY UPDATED Disaster Resource Book, cut the pages to size and place in a 4 x 6 photo album of your choosing. Tuck into your backpack, home or car kit for emergency info at your fingertips! Other languages coming soon.

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