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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor Powers Up New Emergency Generators for City Shelters

11/3/2005  10:00:00 AM

Mayor Powers Up New Emergency Generators for City Shelters
Series of emergency training session also part of preparing communities for disasters

SEATTLE -Mayor Greg Nickels demonstrated one of six new emergency generators today that will provide life-saving power to community shelters in the event of a major disaster, the latest step forward in Seattle’s effort to become the most prepared city.

The Mayor also announced the first in a series of community workshops that will give people across the city the tools they need to prepare themselves to deal with disasters.

“In an emergency, help must begin at home,” Nickels said. “It’s important to be personally prepared for a major disaster so that we’re available to help our neighbors in need.”

Community training will take place at two “Meet the Director” workshops hosted by Emergency Management Director Barb Graff. The hour-long courses will teach Seattle residents how to be personally prepared to take care of themselves immediately following a major disaster.

The first workshops are scheduled:
• Saturday, November 19, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the auditorium at Ingraham High School
• Saturday, December 10, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Rainier Beach High School

The generator demonstrated today is part of the Emergency Community Shelter Power Supply Program, which will ensure a reliable supply of power at six emergency community shelters after an earthquake or other major disaster.

The city is buying six of the trailer-mounted generators to provide emergency power at designated shelters under the $480,000 program, which is part of the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy.

The city has six community center shelters in place: the Bitter Lake and Meadowbrook community centers in North Seattle, the Queen Anne and Garfield community centers in Central Seattle, and the Delridge and Rainier Beach community centers in South Seattle.

The Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy, passed by 69 percent of the voters in November of 2003, will enable the city to meet the Mayor’s goal of making Seattle the most prepared city in America.

The levy provides money to renovate, expand, or rebuild 32 out of 33 neighborhood fire stations; build two new firefighting vessels and renovate a third; purchase equipment and supplies that will strengthen the city’s ability to respond in an emergency; and build a new training facility, fire alarm center and emergency operations center.

For more information on the Fire Facility and Emergency Response Levy Program, visit the levy program web site at

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