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The Monthly Connection
April 2010

Disaster ready...prepared people,
resilient community

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This April – Take the Preparedness Challenge!
Starting Monday, April 5 – Friday, May 7, 2010, we’ll be hitting the airwaves (mp3), blog sites and on-line news sites with the "3 to Get Ready" Preparedness Challenge! It’s our way of encouraging Seattle and King County residents to jumpstart their preparedness and commemorate April as Disaster Preparedness Month in Washington.

Look for our blog ads here!
Capitol Hill Blog
Beacon Hill Blog
Rainier Valley Post
My Ballard Blog
West Seattle Blog
Seattle PI – go to Local, Business and Sports

Here’s how it works: complete three steps to preparedness as outlined below, then teach three others to do the same – 3 Friends, 3 Steps, 3 to Get Ready. It’s easy!

On Monday, April 5, go to and sign up for a prize packet that includes a full-color t-shirt, whistle and keychain flashlight. Registration deadline is May 7. Prizes available while supplies last. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

The three steps are:
1.  Store emergency drinking water – click here
2.  Create an out-of-area contact – click here
3.  Practice drop, cover and hold – click here

Information is also available in 14 languages on the OEM website.

This campaign focuses on three easy steps that don’t take a lot of time, don’t cost a lot of money, and best of all, get people on their way to being safe and self-sufficient after any emergency or disaster. The more we prepare today, the less we’ll worry about later!

For questions, give us a call at 206-233-5076.

Tip of the Month – Check out your neighbors on Seattle Channel! See what Capitol Hill neighbors are doing to get each other get prepared - a CityStream production that aired March 26, 2010.  Watch It Now on Seattle Channel Video Player.

Calendar Announcements

  • Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, Communications Academy 2010, South Seattle Community College. Training workshop open to anyone with an interest in emergency communications, volunteer or professional. Presentations promote the development of knowledgeable, skilled emergency communicators who will support their local neighborhoods during a disaster or emergency response. Register on-line at:
  • Wednesday, April 21, 9:45 a.m. – Statewide "Drop, Cover and Hold" Drill. Take a quake-safe action wherever you are as Washington State hosts its annual drill, encouraging residents to be prepared and stay safe during an earthquake. Click here to find out more.

Ongoing for April

  • 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  See also Communications Academy 2010!

Looking Ahead

  • SNAP Classes – (personal preparedness and neighborhood organization)
    Tuesday, May 4
    , 6:30-7:45pm, Beacon Hill Branch Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S, 98144
    Thursday, May 20, 6:30-7:45pm, Ballard Branch Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW, 98199
    Tuesday, June 8, 6:30-7:45pm, Delridge Branch Library, 5423 Delridge Way SW, 98106
  • Disaster First Aid Skills Training (Class is full, day-of standby only)
    Saturday, May 1
    , 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, 98115
  • Fire Extinguisher & Utility Control Training (Openings for afternoon session)
    Saturday, June 5, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, 98115
  • SNAP Leadership Academy coming this fall, keep watching this space.

For a complete listing, go to the Emergency Management Events Calendar

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