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The Monthly Connection
March 2012

Disaster ready...prepared people,
resilient community

March Tip of the Month:

Sunday, March 11 marks the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The Seattle Japan Relief Coalition and the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle are hosting a special commemorative event, "A Day of Remembrance, A Day of Preparedness, A Day of Rebuilding" at the Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highlights of the day include:
10:00 am - Opening Ceremony
Noon-2 pm - Special Screening, documentary film, "Gambappe Hula Girls!"
2:00 pm - Memorial Ceremony at the Kobe Bell* to honor all victims
2:46 pm - Moment of Silence, corresponding to time of the disaster on March 11, 2011

*Located north of the International Fountain. The Kobe Bell is a gift from Seattle's oldest sister city, Kobe. Given in 1962 in honor of the World's Fair, the Kobe Bell has also been a gathering place for Seattleites to remember the Kobe (Great Hanshin-Awaji) Earthquake of 1995 for the past 17 years. During Sunday's ceremony, the public will be invited to ring the Kobe Bell.\

Throughout the day, exhibitors and presenters will provide updates on response efforts in Japan, stories from volunteers, a special photography exhibit, children's messages of hope from Tohoku and preparedness education for youth, home and business.

Seattle OEM staff and volunteers from the Home Retrofit Program, Emergency Communication Hubs, and Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services are all actively participating in this special event.

Other News to Know: Seattle OEM is proud to roll out our Annual Report for 2011! This is the first year we have produced a report of this type.

Update to Seattle Disaster Plan - Your Input Still Welcome (and Needed!): Seattle OEM is asking for the community's help in the ongoing update of our Seattle Disaster Readiness and Response Plan. We have hosted two community meetings and are excited about the feedback we have received. If you are a member of a group that would like to discuss planning for emergencies, or would like more information about the plan, please email us at:

Calendar Announcements:

Skills Training - Fire Extinguisher Use & Utility Control - space still available on Saturday, March 3 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Learn how and when to control natural gas, water and electricity after a disaster and practice using a portable fire extinguisher. Free, pre-register at: or call 206-233-5076.

SNAP Classes - March:
Northeast Branch Library - New Location for 2012!
6801 35th Ave NE, 98115
Saturday, March 3, 2012
10:30 a.m. - Noon

Loyal Heights Community Center - Neighborhood Meeting - open to all!
2101 NW 77th Street, 98117
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Montlake Branch Library
2401 24th Ave E, 98112
Monday, March 12, 2012
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

Rainier Beach Branch Library
9125 Rainier Ave S, 98118
Thursday, March 15, 2012
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

For more, go to: 2012 SNAP classes.

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