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The Monthly Connection
July-August 2010

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Greetings Friends in Preparedness:
Amazing how fast summer flies by, especially now that the great weather is here. Hope you’ve enjoyed these past few weeks. Here’s to continued sunshine in the Pacific Northwest!

Tip of the Month: Speaking of Hot Weather …
As with any good thing, too much of it can cause havoc and bring unintended consequences. Typically, August is our hottest month, so when temperatures stay high, here’s our best advice to keep cool:

  • Stay hydrated and healthy – water is always something you need and can never store too much of. If you haven’t checked your supply lately, what better opportunity? Drink two to four cups an hour when exercising or working outdoors. For emergencies, store at least a half-gallon per person per day, just for drinking. Use the other half-gallon for cooking/sanitation.
  • Check on neighbors – especially those 65 or older or anyone with a chronic medical condition. Bring them something cool to drink or invite them to an air-conditioned building.
  • Keep an eye on pets – NEVER leave them in a parked car, even with windows cracked. Create a cool, shady area where they can rest and drink water.
  • For more on what to do, and the signs and symptoms of heat sickness, go to the Public Health-Seattle & King County web site.

“3 to Get Ready” Bumps Up Web Traffic, Affirms Power of Social Networking
In April, we issued a “preparedness challenge” for people to take three steps toward preparedness, and then teach three others to do the same. Participation in the campaign resulted in a near 40% increase to the Seattle OEM website during the month, with more than a third, 35%, hearing about it through their Facebook, Twitter, local blog or other social networking contacts. Proof positive that information from trusted sources has a big impact on what you’ll do.

Seattle Radio Teams Participate in Statewide EOC-to-EOC Drill, Serve Double Duty for Torchlight Parade
On Saturday, July 31, Seattle ACS and the Medical Services Team, the radio teams that support area hospitals, will participate in the Statewide EOC-to-EOC drill. Teams will test equipment and practice communication procedures with facilities and jurisdictions across Washington.  Members of both amateur radio teams will also staff the auxiliary communications function at the Seattle EOC for this year’s Torchlight Parade.

Amateur Radio Training and Exercise Opportunities

  • Saturday, October 2, Communications Academy - Beginners Track, South Seattle Community College. Basic Communications Training for New Hams and GMRS operators.
  • Saturday, October 16, Fall Communications Exercise, citywide. Exercise involves both Ham radio and the Emergency Communication Hubs. Held after the Communications Academy - Beginners Track, the drill provides additional training for new operators and reinforces lessons learned from the regional Sound-Shake 2010 Exercise from early October and the National Ham Radio Simulated Emergency Test (SET).

For more information about these events, contact Mark Sheppard at mark.sheppard@seattle.gov, or call 206-684-5027.

Calendar Announcements

  • No SNAP classes in August – contact us if you have a group of 20 or more to arrange your own date and time. E-mail: snap@seattle.gov or call 206-233-5076.
  • Tuesday, September 14, 6:30-8 pm: Fall SNAP Classes begin at the Central Library. Click here for updated schedule. No registration. Free.
  • Wednesday, September 29, 6:30-8:30 pm: SNAP Continuing Education Workshop at the Seattle EOC. This is the first and only offering for the year. Topic: Effective Drills and Exercises. Instructor: JoAnn Jordan. Register at snap@seattle.gov. Free. No pre-requisites.
  • Wednesday, October 13, 20 and 27, 6:30-8:30 pm: SNAP Leadership Academy at the Seattle EOC. Skills and insight on how to organize and motivate others around preparedness. Three consecutive weeks. Register at snap@seattle.gov. Free. Prior attendance at a SNAP or personal preparedness class helpful.
  • Friday, October 15, 8 am to noon. Fire Safety and Disaster Preparedness for Apartment Managers. Half-day workshop for resident apartment managers.Create a fire evacuation plan for residents and organize to stay safe and self-sufficient after a disaster. Co-taught by Seattle Fire and Seattle OEM educators. Pre-registration required. E-mail: snap@seattle.gov.

Coming Soon …

  • Fall Skills Training – dates being finalized. We will send a separate announcement in August. Classes focus on priority tasks after disaster: Fire Extinguisher & Utility Control, Simple Search & Rescue, and Disaster First Aid. Location: Magnuson Park, various Saturdays, September-November.

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

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