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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Free emergency preparedness training offered at P-Patch community gardens in Southeast Seattle

8/26/2014  3:30:00 PM
Lois Maag  (206) 615-0950

Free emergency preparedness training offered at P-Patch community gardens in Southeast Seattle
P-Patch gardens to serve as Community Emergency Hubs for neighborhoods
Interpretation provided at training

Seattle, WA - Free training on emergency preparedness will be offered at nine Southeast Seattle P-Patch community gardens beginning in September. The training will cover basic preparedness, how to stay safe in an earthquake, using the P-Patch as a Community Emergency Hub, and a review of supplies that will be stored at the P-Patch. These nine P-Patch gardens, along with the seven gardens established last year, will serve as Community Emergency Hubs where residents can gather, share information and resources, and problem-solve after an emergency.

Anyone is welcome to attend. Translated materials and interpretation services will be available in 12 languages including Amharic, Somali, Tigrinya, Chinese, Hmong, Mien, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Khmer, and Spanish. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 5 (joint training); 6 - 8 pm: Hillman City P-Patch and Brandon St. Orchard, 4613 S. Lucile St.

Saturday, Sept. 6; 10 am - Noon: Judkins P-Patch, 24th Ave S. & S. Norman St.

Saturday, Sept. 6; 1 - 3 pm: Beacon Food Forest P-Patch, 15th Ave. S. & S. Dakota St.

Thursday, Sept. 18; 6 - 8 pm: Rainier Vista-Dakota P-Patch, 2902 S. Dakota St.

Saturday, Sept. 20; 10 am - Noon: Rainier Vista-Sunrise P-Patch, S. Oregon St. & 33rd Ave. S.

Saturday, Sept 20 (joint training); 1 - 3 pm: Snoqualmie & Maa nyei lai ndeic P-Patch, 4549 13th Ave. S.

Thursday, Sept 25; 6 - 8 pm: Thistle P-Patch, MLK Jr. Way S. & S. Cloverdale St.

Funding for this program came from a $35,000 grant awarded to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DoN) through the FEMA 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge. This award was one of 30 selected from more than 1900 applications.

The Seattle Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps volunteers, Block Watch captains, and community volunteers are partnering to support the trainings and emergency hubs. Last year’s trainings were provided at seven community gardens that can now serve as Community Emergency Hubs in their neighborhoods. They are Angel Morgan P-Patch, John C. Little P-Patch, New Holly Rockery P-Patch, New Holly 29 P-Patch, New Holly Youth and Family P-Patch, New Holly Lucky P-Patch, and New Holly Power P-Patch.

Interpretation services will vary according to the location. For more information and to ensure interpreters will be available in specific languages, contact Debbie Goetz (OEM) at (206-684-0517) or Julie Bryan (DoN) at (206-684-0540).

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