West Seattle Emergency Preparedness Event

June 23, 9:00 a.m.  – 1:00 pm,

West Seattle High School Theater, 3000 California Ave. SW

The Hanukkah Eve Windstorm of 2006 was another wake up call for many West Seattle residents and neighborhoods…are we really ready as a peninsula community for the next "big one"?

The Southwest Police Precinct Advisory Council has been concerned about this and working to facilitate emergency preparedness though local community groups. As a result, on Saturday, June 23, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., they will be holding a public meeting on West Seattle Emergency Preparedness. The event will take place at the West Seattle High School Theater and commons area.

To refresh memories on the significance of preparedness, keynote speaker Ken Jones, KING-5 News Senior Photographer, will share his experiences in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. After an overview of the Office of Emergency ManagementÂ’s new citizen preparedness program Seattle Neighbors Actively Prepare (SNAP), West Seattle specific information will be provided by the West Seattle Police Precinct, the Seattle Fire Department and community sheltering locations.

Communications information will be provided by the West Seattle team of the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service, which is the HAM radio citizen network organized for emergency support, Jack Mayne of the West Seattle Herald, and internet use suggestions from the West Seattle Blogger.

Several examples of differing levels of community preparedness will also be presented, featuring a speaker from Vashon Be Prepared, one of the best organized community groups in the area.

The final part of the workshop will have people break out into their geographic areas and neighborhood groupings, so they can talk about what might be done to help their neighborhood be prepared for what might come next.

This event is also sponsored by the Southwest and Delridge District councils, which are made up of 17 different community groups. Program details are available at www.morganjunction.org or by calling Cindi Barker at 206-933-6968.

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