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The Monthly Connection
October 2010

Disaster ready...prepared people,
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Greetings Friends in Preparedness:
Weather and its potential impacts seem to dominate our thoughts during the fall, and this year is no exception. It’s supposed to be a wet and wild one, they say. Whatever comes our way, plan for the worst and hope for the best!

Speaking of best and worst … October’s Tip of the Month:
Try this toast at your next party – “May the best days of your past be the worst days of your future.” Don’t know who the author is, but the woman who said it credits her grandfather. Anyone know the origins of this poetic phrase?

Back to the weather …this year’s Take Winter by Storm annual campaign is underway … go to:  http://www.govlink.org/storm/  for all kinds of preparedness resources, including checklists and contact cards in multiple languages.

For more, check out: 'Take Winter by Storm' urges preparations for cold weather

If it’s not weather-related, it’s the hazard that knows no season … this week, the Seattle EOC plays host to more than 150 city reps, regional reps, private and non-profit partners and others as they come together October 6 and 7 for “Sound Shake 2010,” a simulation of what could happen during a Seattle Fault earthquake. The large-scale drill will test newly developed local and regional communication and coordination systems and a provide a great opportunity for collaborative problem-solving in a real-time format.

As always, 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.

Calendar Announcements

Amateur Radio Training and Exercise Opportunities

  • Saturday, October 16, Fall Communications Exercise, citywide. Exercise involves both Ham radio and the Emergency Communication Hubs. The drill will provide additional training for new operators and reinforce lessons learned from the regional Sound Shake 2010 exercise (see item above) on October 6 and 7 and the National Ham Radio Simulated Emergency Test (SET).

    For more information, go to: http://seattleacs.com/, contact Mark Sheppard at mark.sheppard@seattle.gov, or call 206-684-5027.

Upcoming SNAP Classes (last three for the year):

  • Saturday, October 16, 10:30 am-Noon, Capitol Hill Branch Library
  • Thursday, October 21, 6:30-7:45 pm, Lake City Branch Library
  • Saturday, November 6, 10:30 am-Noon, Southwest Branch Library

Other Trainings this Fall:

  • CLASS IS FULL – Saturday, October 16, Disaster First Aid Class, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Magnuson Park.
  • STILL OPEN – 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.
  • CLASS IS FULL – 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.
  • STILL OPEN – Saturday, November 20, Fire Extinguisher & Utility Control Class, 9-11 a.m. or 12-2 p.m. Sign up one session, Magnuson Park. Register via snap@seattle.gov, or call 206-233-5076.
  • SPACE LIMITED – Saturday, December 11, Disaster First Aid Class, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Magnuson Park. Register via snap@seattle.gov or call 206-233-5076.

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


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