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The Monthly Connection
November 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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November’s Tip of the Month:
Best comprehensive site for winter preparedness: Take Winter by Storm … go to:  http://www.govlink.org/storm/. More than just tips, check out the Roads and Transit section for real-time commuter alerts, freeway travel times and other helpful information.

Links to other real-time alerts:

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.

Preparedness Inspiration: Meet Greg Potter
Lake City House resident Greg Potter isn’t just your average Joe. In fact, average wouldn’t nearly come close to describing how Greg lives his life, especially when it comes to preparedness.

As a self-described “wheelchair person,” you can imagine the myriad of ways Greg has had to adapt and adjust to life on a daily basis, let alone when power goes out or if there’s a snowstorm. That’s enough to stop most people in their tracks, but not Greg. He’s got a plan and keeps a flashlight, whistle and other tools with him. Biggest advantage of keeping his kit stowed on wheels, he never has to lug anything around!

Greg’s can-do attitude and open disposition make him a natural at getting the preparedness message out to as many as he can. Last fall, Greg wrote a story for the October issue of “The Voice,” a monthly newspaper published by Neighborhood House. It was translated into six languages and distributed free throughout the Puget Sound area. This year, Greg is arranging a SNAP class for residents in his apartment building, to help ensure Lake City House residents are prepared.

Greg’s passion for helping others is evident when you talk to him. In his words, “Getting ready for anything the whole year long is something I think about and do on a regular basis. Do not ever wait until the last minute to get everything you need, because it might be that later your life will depend on it.” Greg truly lives up to these words, and you can be sure, whatever comes his way next, he will more than rise to the challenge. We could all take a lesson or two from Greg.

Meetings you don’t want to miss:

  • Thursday, November 18, 4-5:30 p.m.,
    Douglass-Truth Branch Library
    2300 E. Yesler Way, Seattle 98122
    “Can You Hear Me?” Cultural Collisions in the BP Oil Spill – Emergency Response Lessons for Seattle Service Providers and Community Members. Free and open to the public. Limited seating. To RSVP, e-mail: ccprograms@xculture.org or call: 206-860-0329. For more information, www.xculture.org
  • Saturday, November 20, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Seattle EOC, 105 5th Ave S., Seattle 98104, Emergency Hub Group Summit – Learn how Seattle communication hubs operate. Special session on how new groups can get started begins at 8:30 a.m. Main topic: Seattle-King County Public Health’s Medical Reserve Corp. To attend, RSVP to snap@seattle.gov or contact Mark Howard at 206-684-7727.
  • Saturday, November 20, 10 a.m.-Noon,
    Northgate Community Center,
    10510 5th Ave. NE, across from Northgate Mall.
    Landslide Awareness 2010! Learn how to protect yourself and your property. Find out if your home is at risk. Talk with engineers, geologists, city planning representatives. To attend, RSVP to tyson.lin@seattle.gov or call, 206-684-8443. For more information, www.seattle.gov/dpd/Emergency/Landslides. Format and information same as Dec. 4 workshop.
  • Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m.-Noon,
    South Seattle Community College,
    6000 16th Ave. SW, Judge Warren & Noble Chan Education Center near the Arboretum (park in the northeast lot).
    Landslide Awareness 2010! Learn how to protect yourself and your property. Find out if your home is at risk. Talk with engineers, geologists, city planning representatives. To attend, RSVP to tyson.lin@seattle.gov or call, 206-684-8443. For more information, www.seattle.gov/dpd/Emergency/Landslides. Format and information same as Nov. 20 workshop.
  • Saturday, December 4, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.,
    Highpoint Community Center,
    6920 34th Ave. SW, Seattle 98126.
    Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Childcare Providers. Create a safe environment and help children and staff stay staff in daycare and early learning programs. Participants walk away with a customizable plan, sample forms, response flip charts and step-by-step instructions on what to do during a wide range of emergencies and disasters. 7 STARS credits available upon completion of the course. Registration fee: $30, includes a boxed lunch. On-line registration: www.seattle.gov/parks, under Classes and Programs, click Browse or register. At the SPARC screen, create an account, then register using Barcode 65075. Or call or visit any Seattle Community Center to register by credit card, cash or check.

Regular calendar events:
Last SNAP Class for 2010:  classes will resume in early 2011.

  • Saturday, November 6, 10:30 am-Noon,
    Southwest Branch Library,
    9010 35th Ave. SW, Seattle, 98126.
    Learn basic preparedness and how to start organizing with those around you. Free and open to the public. No RSVP or registration. For more information, call 206-233-5076.

Fall 2010 Skills Trainings:

  • LAST CHANCE – 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 LIMITEDSaturday, 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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