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The Monthly Connection
October - November 2012

Disaster ready...prepared people,
resilient community

October Tip of the Month: Drop, cover and hold for Washington State's Great Shakeout on Thursday, October 18 at 10:18 a.m. Register now for the largest drop, cover, and hold drill in history at:

Also this month, get ready to "Take Winter by Storm" This annual, multi-media, regional campaign is bigger and bolder than ever as it kicks off on Friday, Oct 12, 2012. That date marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous Columbus Day storm that rocked the Puget Sound region. It was the equivalent of a Northwest hurricane with winds in excess of 100 m.p.h., rain, flooding, power outages, deaths and injuries. Wheedle, of Space Needle fame, is the official mascot for the event. Look for numerous events, messages and tips throughout the winter season. Go to: for more.

Other Preparedness News this Month:

Take the Challenge the Resilience Challenge! Funding of up to $35,000 for proposals submitted by Oct 26. This years emphasis: Increase Local Resiliency through Whole Community Approach. Go to: for complete information.

Winterize Your Home with HomeWise sponsored by Seattles Office of Housing: Tis the season weatherization work is free for income-qualifying households, includes weatherstripping of doors, installation of bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, plus insulation in the attic, walls and basement. These measures will make a home more comfortable (cooler on the hot days, warmer on the cold days), as well as reduce energy use. All HomeWise clients also receive carbon monoxide detectors, a smoke alarm and compact fluorescent light bulbs. To learn more about the Office of Housing's HomeWise Weatherization and Home Repair Program, visit or call (206) 684-0244.

Take a new FEMA Course on-line now: Learn about earthquakes and increase your resilience with FEMAs new web-based, independent study training course, IS-325Earthquake Basics: Science, Risk, and Mitigation. This interactive, 30-minute course presents basic information on earthquake science, the risks posed by earthquakes, and includes short quizzes to enhance interactivity and boost retention.

Red Cross Launches New Mobile App for Earthquakes: Just in time for the Great Shakeout, Smartphone users will now have information at their fingertips on what to do the next time the ground shakes. Oh, and theres lots of good info on what to do BEFORE and AFTER too! Go to:

Check out this link from Q13 Fox News from Saturday, Sept 29 as Target and Seattle OEM Teamed up to Help 150 Families Prepare for Disasters:

Training Announcements

Attention Amateur Radio fans: a Technician-level licensing course is being offered in Ballard on October 19th, 20th, and 27th. Please see this 2-page flyer for all the details:

Urban Self-Reliance workshopsUrban Self-Reliance Classes Set to Begin in October
This is the second year Seattle OEM is teaching workshops for Seattle Public Library as they host an innovative series to broaden awareness and gain self-sufficiency on numerous topics. Contact the individual library branches for more information on what they are offering. In addition to Home Retrofit, here are the preparedness-related workshops:

Community Disaster Hub Workshop – taught by Seattle hub members!
Sat., Oct. 20, 1-3 pm, Northgate Branch Library

Creating Disaster Supply Kits for Home, Work and School
Tues., Oct. 9, 6-7:45 pm, Queen Anne Branch Library
Sat., Oct. 13, 10:30am-Noon, Broadview Branch
Mon., Oct. 22, 6-8 pm, University Branch

For a complete schedule of Urban Self-Reliance Workshops, check the Seattle Library's Calendar of Events.

OEM SNAP and Skills Training:

The last two SNAP classes of the year are:

Thursday, Oct 18, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Lake City Branch Library
12501 28th Ave NE, 98125

Monday, Nov 5, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Delridge Branch Library
5423 Delridge Way SW, 98106

And finally ... it's not too late to sign-up for these classes:

Earthquake Home Retrofit
Saturday, Oct. 20, 1pm 3pm
Beacon Hill Branch Library
2821 Beacon Ave. S., 98144

Earthquake Home Retrofit
Saturday, Dec. 1, 11am 1pm
West Seattle Branch Library
2306 42nd Ave. SW, 98116

Light Search & Rescue
Saturday, Dec. 8, 8:30am 3:00pm
Southwest Community Center
2801 SW Thistle St., 98126

To register, please email:, or call: 206-233-5076. For more information, go to the Training and Events Calendar.

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