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The Monthly Connection
May 2012

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Disaster ready...prepared people,
resilient community

May Tip of the Month:  Looking for that special Mother’s Day gift?  Show your Mom you love her by being prepared! Moms across the world worry about their children, especially in a disaster. Why not show her that you are ready for whatever comes your way by making an emergency supply kit.  In fact, you can make one for her too. Essential kit items include a three-day supply water (1 gallon per person, per day), change of clothes, first aid kit, which includes prescription medications (7-day supply), flashlight, battery or wind up radio, blanket and food. You can customize your kit with specialty items that are practical (an extra pair of glasses) or extravagant (gourmet chocolate).  Your mom will be so proud you took the time to ease her worries! For more information on putting together an emergency kit, visit our website at www.seattle.gov/emergency 

Seattle Police Department is launching a new design of the “Blotter”: Many of you are already aware of the Seattle Police Blotter, a public website that provides information on significant incidents and events that happen across the city. The department will be launching a redesign of the site that will be easier to navigate and highlight the changes that are occurring under the “20/20” campaign. If you haven’t already visited the site, check it out! www.seattle.gov/police

Keep your eyes and ears open! This year’s “Make It Through” campaign continues on TV/radio/web through the end of May, and on bus boards and ethnic newspapers through mid-June. Share this link with your friends, and be sure to “like” them on Facebook – go to: http://makeitthrough.org/  

Ever talk with neighbors about how you’d help each other out during an emergency? If so, register as a SNAP neighborhood! This way, you’ll stay connected to our office, and can connect with other SNAP groups in your local area. (Be sure to mark “yes” on the form.)

Local Preparedness Events:

Saturday, May 5—9-11am, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5701 8th Ave NE,“Personal, Neighborhood, & Community Preparedness.” Learn specific steps to better prepare yourself & your household, plus current opportunities to get involved with community preparedness efforts. Presentations by Seattle Office of Emergency Management training specialist Tracy Connelly, Sustainable NE Seattle-Emergency Prep Guild Member Joann Kerr, and emergency communications & preparedness expert Theresa Edwards. Free and open to all adults!

Saturday, May 5 – 10:30am-4pm, Eritrean Orthodox Church, 12327 15th Ave NE, “5th Annual Eritrean Health Fair,” Check your blood pressure, blood sugar, get a dental checkup, manage prescription medications, food, workshops and more. For adults and children, free. Organized by HOPE-Eritrean Social Services.

Monday, May 14th –10:00 – 2:00pm A Spring Resource Fair for Healthy Aging,  Northgate Community Center-110515-5th Avenue NE, Seattle 98125.
Information on health, fitness, technology, emergency preparedness, community resources and other cool stuff!

Saturday, May 19th – 8:30 – 12:00 PM Seattle Hubs and ACS Field Communications Exercise:  A joint exercise between the Emergency Communications Hubs and Seattle Auxiliary Communication Services to test plans based on a disaster scenario. Neighborhoods across the city will be setting up their Hub sites and communicating between other sites and the City’s Emergency Operating Center. If you are interested in learning more about the Hubs, ACS, or the exercise please contact Cindi Barker at Cindi@n7kuw.com.

Training Announcements:
Home Retrofit Class – will your home remain standing after a major earthquake?
Find out here:
Douglass Truth Library

2300 E. Yesler Way 98122
Sunday June 10th
2pm - 4pm
Free, pre-register at: snap@seattle.gov or call 206-233-5076.

Light Search and Rescue (Registration Required)
Warren Magnuson Park – 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle 98115
Saturday, May 12, 2012
8:30 – 3pm

SNAP ClassesOpen to all, no pre-registration.
Beacon Hill Branch Library – 2821 Beacon Ave S., Seattle, 98144
Monday, May 7, 2012
6:30 – 8pm

Lake City Branch Library – bring your own lunch!
12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, 98125
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Noon-1:30 p.m.

For more, go to: 2012 SNAP classes.

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: snap@seattle.gov.

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