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Neighborhood earthquake drill set for Saturday

June 9th, 2016 by Doree

Many of our neighbors will participate in an earthquake drill from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, after local, state and military organizations participated in the four-day “Cascadia Rising” national-level exercise.

You can participate in this drill at several levels:

  • Neighborhood Net: 10:00 – 11:30 AM. Turn on your walkie-talkie, go to Channel 7, Privacy Code 12, and join the Net. Deliver and receive “injects” to be broadcast throughout the area.
  • Hub at Phinney Center: At 9:00 AM, go to Phinney Center (N 67th St. & Phinney Ave. N) to help set up shelter canopies and message boards. From 10:00-11:30 AM, interact with members of the public, distributing and receiving information.
  • On your Block: At 10:00 AM, gather with your neighbors at your Block meeting place, divide into teams of two or more, and visit every home on your block (or in your building). Distribute preparedness literature, map the location of gas meters, and update contact information for your Block Roster.
  • In your Household: At 9:00 AM, check and refresh your Disaster Supply Kits, review your household information lists, and practice in-home emergency procedures. At 10:00 AM, join the activities on your Block, at a Hub, or on the Neighborhood Net.

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Helicopter disaster support exercise at Discovery, Magnuson parks today

March 30th, 2016 by Doree

Today (Wednesday), the city will hold a helicopter disaster support exercise at both Discovery Park in Magnolia and Magnuson Park at Sand Point. So don’t be alarmed if you see helicopters buzzing in and out of the parks and over our neighborhood.

The helicopters will take off from Joint Base Lewis McChord around 2 p.m. and land at the parks between 2:45-3 p.m. and again between 3-3:30 p.m.

The Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Washington National Guard and Northwest Regional Aviation will conduct a joint helicopter and communications exercise to better prepare the City of Seattle, first responders and our regional partners in the event of a major disaster that displaces a large portion of the population, and requires search and rescue operations, transport of supplies, and transport of injured victims. The exercise is part of a statewide preparedness exercise organized by Northwest Regional Aviation in preparation for a National Cascadia Subduction Zone exercise in June 2016.

The exercise uses two major regional parks in Seattle in the vicinity of emergency shelters in the city as landing zones. The two parks are Magnuson Park in northeast Seattle and Discovery Park in Magnolia. Jefferson Park in south Seattle will serve as the “operations center,” where overall event coordination will take place.

The exercise will involve the flying of two helicopters, one Blackhawk and one Lakota, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Seattle. The pilots are in the Washington National Guard’s 66thAviation unit. Seattle Fire will be in charge of air operations and helispot management. Seattle Fire and Washington National Guard communications teams will provide separate interoperable radio communications between helicopters and ground personnel. One helicopter will land at Magnuson Park and one will land at Discovery Park. Each helicopter will then fly to and land at the opposite park site.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will be hosting the event and establishing the operations center in Jefferson Park as the communications and coordination site for the exercise. Seattle Fire, the Washington National Guard, and Northwest Regional Aviation have coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Communications Commission as appropriate and have worked with Boeing Field, Sea-Tac Airport, and King County Airport regarding airspace.

The communications exercise will test communications to, from and between helicopters as well as test each of the player’s ability to talk with each other on Seattle 800MhZ communication networks, VHF/UHF radio channels, and video downlink capabilities.

After the second helicopter landings, there will be a public education opportunity at Magnuson Park near the landing site where the public can talk to exercise participants including SFD firefighters, helicopter pilots, Washington National Guard Homeland Response Force.

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Disaster preparedness workshop at Broadview Library April 12

February 2nd, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Office of Emergency Management is offering a series of disaster preparedness training classes and workshops in the next few months, including one at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12.

This one-hour course provides an overview of the hazards that can impact Seattle, and steps that individuals and families can take to become more prepared to deal with them. This includes guidance on how to develop a disaster plan, build a disaster supply kit, and organize with your neighbors to become better prepared.

Disaster Preparedness: The Basics sessions do not require any registration but are offered on a first-come first-served basis. Please come early to ensure a spot as we must comply with fire code restrictions on the capacity of the room.

For more information contact the Office of Emergency Management, SNAP@Seattle.gov or 206-233-5076.

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Neighborhood earthquake response meeting at PNA on Wednesday

August 31st, 2015 by Doree

Phinney Hub is hosting a public meeting about neighborhood earthquake response from 7:30-8:45 p.m. this Wednesday (Sept. 2) at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building.

Experts will share information on how to prepare your household, and how to cooperate with your neighbors to protect lives and property in the aftermath of a major earthquake.

Phinney Hub is beginning a new focus on helping individuals become “block leaders” to reach out to their neighbors. If you want to receive support and education to become a leader on your block (or in your apartment building or other community), please attend this meeting!

For more information, please visit or email phinneyhub@gmail.com.

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PhinneyWood Hubs to conduct emergency preparedness drill on Saturday

June 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Our three neighborhood emergency hubs — the Hub at Epic Life Church, the Hub at Greenwood Senior Center and the Hub at Phinney Neighborhood Center, have combined into one group, now called PhinneyWood Hubs. The three groups are working collaboratively to launch Emergency Communication Hubs in response to a regional event.

To help test out the new system, PhinneyWood Hubs will conduct a drill from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Greenwood Park, at Fremont Avenue North and North 87th Street. Organizers need community members to help test processes and procedures for natural and man-made emergencies.

Following the drill will be a barbecue and potluck from 12-2 p.m., with a focus on crime prevention.

Organizers plan to provide 100 hot dogs along with buns and condiments. Neighbors can bring a side dish.

The three PhinneyWood Hub Locations are at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.; Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.; and Epic Life Church, 10510 Stone Ave. N.

Questions about the hubs or the event can be directed to David Baum at phinneyhub@gmail.com; Kelly Kasper at kelly@ht2consulting.com or Noel Frame at greenwoodhub@gmail.com; or Larry Chaney at larry@epiclifechurch.org or Stefon Kleiner at stefonkleinert@yahoo.com.

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Phinney Hub meeting March 9 will focus on disaster preparedness

March 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Phinney Hub aims to help neighbors be prepared. The March 9 meeting will focus on making sure your household is prepared for the effects of a major earthquake or other disaster.

We will have an expert presenter to give you information and answer your questions. Kelly Kasper of HT2 Consulting worked at the American Red Cross for 10 years delivering disaster preparedness and business continuity services. She is a professional “Disaster Geek” (her words!) who can help us understand and respond to the hazards that we face in our neighborhood.

Kelly will make a 20-minute presentation, followed by a 40-minute question-and-answer session. If you want to know what to do and how to do it, this is your chance to find out!

Phinney Hub will meet from 7:30-8:45 p.m. on Monday, March 9, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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Reminder: Phinney Hub ‘Disaster Games’ is Monday night

February 7th, 2015 by Doree

Don’t forget about “The Disaster Games,” hosted by a new group called Phinney Hub, on Monday night to help neighbors practice earthquake responses. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building.

We’ll use a realistic earthquake scenario and a simple paper-and-pencil format to help us think about the issues we will face in the first hour after a major earthquake. We’ll discuss how to safeguard ourselves and our families, and how to help our neighbors.

We’ll also inaugurate “Proud To Prepare,” a social media campaign to recognize and appreciate people who have taken action to strengthen their independent capability. And we’ll share our plans to establish an Emergency Communications Hub at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

This meeting is free and open to all members of the public. For more information, please visit our web site at www.PhinneyHub.org.

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Phinney Hub neighborhood group to practice earthquake response on Feb. 9

January 27th, 2015 by Doree

A new neighborhood group called Phinney Hub is hosting “The Disaster Games” on Feb. 9 to help neighbors practice earthquake responses. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building.

We’ll use a realistic earthquake scenario and a simple paper-and-pencil format to help us think about the issues we will face in the first hour after a major earthquake. We’ll discuss how to safeguard ourselves and our families, and how to help our neighbors.

We’ll also inaugurate “Proud To Prepare,” a social media campaign to recognize and appreciate people who have taken action to strengthen their independent capability. And we’ll share our plans to establish an Emergency Communications Hub at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

This meeting is free and open to all members of the public. For more information, please visit our web site at www.PhinneyHub.org.

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Emergency Shake-Up Fair this Saturday

December 4th, 2014 by Doree

A group of neighbors has been working to create an Emergency Hub in Greenwood that could be activated in the event of a catastrophe, such as an earthquake.

Learn more about the effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday during the Emergency Shake-Up Fair at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N.. Meet with representatives from the Red Cross, get child photo safety cards, free blood pressure readings by Seattle Central College Nursing Students, check out a fire truck, receive a flu shot from a Bartell Drugs pharmacist ($25 cash or check), purchase an emergency kit, learn how ham radios work, learn about CPR and first aid, have a free lunch, enter a raffle, and let the kids bounce in the bouncy house.

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