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The Monthly Connection
May 2010

Disaster ready...prepared people,
resilient community

Tell Your Friends and Neighbors about the Monthly Connection!
Stay connected to the people around you. Feel free to forward this to your friends and neighbors and help them get prepared!

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Dont Miss The Preparedness Challenge last day is May 7!
Were in the final weeks of this years 3 to Get Ready campaign. Check out the streaming video on the home page of the Ron & Don Show (97.3 KIRO FM).

After you complete the challenge, go to MyNorthwest.com/getready to register for a free t-shirt and other prizes. Prizes available while supplies last. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

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

Tip of the Month: Community Court + Disaster Resource Books = Partnership for Success!

As recent events have shown, earthquakes happen! They happen without notice, and they happen here in the Puget Sound area. The Seattle Office of Emergency Management is thrilled to partner with Seattle Community Court to assemble our Disaster Resource Books.

The Disaster Resource Book is a photo album that is filled with critical information and has write-in areas for personal information. In the album, there are cards for people to write down their medical information, fill out an out-of area contact card, keep copies of important documentation, learn how to turn off utilities (if needed) and much more!

The albums assembled have already been distributed to more than 500 people. The albums are going to individuals and families who have fewer resources and often have a harder time recovering from disasters. To date, the albums have been given to shelters, food banks, social service agencies and senior meal programs.

The Community Court defendants are ensuring that the albums are assembled and are working with such speed that more and more of our community is becoming better prepared. We cannot thank them enough. To create your own Disaster Resource Book simply print the template above and place in a 4 x 6 photo album of your choosing. Add photos and customize to suit your needs! An inventory and documentation of your valuables can provide proof to your insurance company and help process claims more quickly after a disaster.

Calendar Announcements

  • Saturday, May 1, Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Childcare and Early Childhood Programs, 8:00 am 4:30 pm, Miller Community Center. Class is designed for childcare center directors and other in-charge early learning program staff. Other childcare staff and home childcare providers will benefit as well. Register by 4/28, fee: $30, includes a boxed lunch. Earn 8 STARS credits upon course completion.

  • Thursday, May 20, Fire Safety and Disaster Preparedness Workshop for Seattle Apartment Managers, 8:30 am 12:00 pm, Seattle Emergency Operations Center. Free workshop for low-income resident apartment managers. Develop apartment evacuation plans and learn how to organize within your building to stay safe and self-sufficient after a disaster. Refreshments and door prizes provided. Register on-line by May 17, 2010. For language or accessibility accommodations, register by May 6. Call 206-233-5076 for more info.

  • Saturday, May 22, Community-based Emergency Communications Drill. The Seattle Office of Emergency Management will conduct a Field Exercise to practice the emergency communications capabilities in support of neighborhoods, area hospitals and government services. The exercise will involve volunteer amateur radio operators from Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services (ACS), the Medical Services Team and perhaps other emergency support teams. A major emphasis of the drill will be to connect neighborhood preparedness teams, including neighborhood Communication Hubs and SNAP members, with amateur radio operators to provide two-way communications between the communities and the city. The exercise scenario will be based on a major earthquake that damages and overloads conventional communication systems. The objective of the exercise will be to practice procedures for gathering urgent emergency service requests and damage reports from neighborhoods and forward the information to the citys Emergency Operations Center. Activities are planned to take place in West Seattle, Magnolia/Inter-Bay/Queen Anne and Wallingford.

  • See photos from April 24 on how community hub members prepared for the upcoming May 22 event. To get involved or learn more, contact Mark Sheppard at 206-684-5027, or e-mail: mark.sheppard@seattle.gov

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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