A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Emergency Shake-up Open House at Boys & Girls Club Dec. 6

November 13th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood neighborhood has received a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to provide emergency preparedness programs and to establish two emergency communication hubs: at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., and the Salvation Army, 9501 Greenwood Ave. N.

An Emergency Shake-up Open House is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N. to help people learn more. The open house includes a free lunch, kid’s activities, raffle prizes, and representatives from Seattle Fire Department, City of Seattle, the Red Cross and more. Emergency kits will be available for purchase.

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Greenwood’s new emergency preparedness network holding first meeting Monday

March 24th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council is leading a new effort to make sure our neighborhood is ready in a major emergency. The first meeting of a new group, tentatively called the Greenwood Preparedness Action Network, will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

In January the Greenwood Community Council meeting focused on organization for emergency and crime preparedness. In the best case, we would prepare ourselves for emergencies at three levels of organization – the block level, the neighborhood level, and citywide. At the meeting it was agreed that Greenwood should be organized for preparedness in a way that complements and leverages block-level and citywide efforts.

Neighborhood-level preparedness can help by:
• Providing communications between blocks and the city during a crisis
• Providing resources useful for block-level preparedness efforts
• Providing a physical location to gather
• Providing a physical location to where emergency supplies are stored

The meeting is sponsored by the community council, but by the end of the meeting we hope leaders will emerge who will carry the effort forward. Ideally there will emerge a core group who enjoys meeting semi-regularly, and who keep in touch with block-level captains and volunteers.

Proposed meeting objective:

• Develop objectives for the year.
• Determine key roles and who will fill them.

Here’s a proposed agenda:

• Welcome (incl. brief statement about why we’re here, what we hope to accomplish in the meeting).
• Round-robin Introductions (incl. name, where do you live, why do you want to be involved in the GPAN).
• Overview of the Seattle Emergency Preparation Program and Implementation in Broadview (Dale Johnson)
• Open brainstorm / discussion about what the group wants to accomplish in 2013
(such as: apply for a small and simple grant, map the block watch captains, etc.).
• Next Steps (incl. do we have critical mass of people in the room who are willing to move this forward).
• What are key roles and who will fill them? For example, who will
◦ Plan agendas, facilitate meetings and handle notices and logistics.
◦ Develop list of block watch captains and volunteers.
◦ Catalog existing emergency and crime preparedness resources.

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Greenwood Community Council to discuss crime and emergency preparedness

January 14th, 2013 by Doree

Tuesday’s Greenwood Community Council meeting will discuss health and safety in the neighborhood – specifically crime and emergency preparedness. Five speakers from the city and police department will walk everyone through the most important points, as the GCC organizes a task force to work on both issues.

  • Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention Coordinator.
  • Penny Fulmer and David Gordon, Seattle Police Department Community Policing.
  • James Manning, Seattle Police Department Community Outreach.
  • Tracy Connelly, Seattle Office Of Emergency Management Community Planning Coordinator.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Emergency preparedness meetings coming up

October 6th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) is a city program that helps neighborhood groups prepare for potential emergencies. Here are several upcoming meetings in our neighborhood and nearby, including one tonight.

  • Emergency Preparedness Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Earthquake Home Retrofit, 7-9 p.m., Wed., Oct. 12, at the PNA.
  • Disaster Supply Kit Workshop, 1-2 p.m., Sat., Oct. 29, at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW.
  • Disaster Supply Kit Workshop, 4-5 p.m., Sat., Oct. 29 at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Broadview Community Council hosts emergency preparedness meeting tonight

March 15th, 2011 by Doree

Just north of the Greenwood, the Broadview Community Council is hosting an emergency preparedness meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at Luther Memorial Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N. The meeting was scheduled long before the massive earthquake in Japan, but it seems especially timely.

Broadview is working with the City of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management to develop community hubs for emergency responses. The city currently has hubs in West Seattle, Wallingford, and Magnolia-Interbay-Queen Anne.

Check out Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) for more information on working with your neighbors to be prepared in case of emergency.

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Where were you when the Nisqually Earthquake hit?

February 28th, 2011 by Doree

It was 10 years ago today that the Nisqually Earthquake shook the Puget Sound region, damaging buildings but miraculously not killing anyone. The 6.8 quake was one of the largest in state history.

Where were you when it hit? I was at my home office, waiting for the printer to arrive with a proof of a book that I had done some graphic design on. My house shook and the noise was so loud, that I thought a semi-truck was plowing into my home. The printer arrived, late and visibly shaken. He had been on the Alaskan Way Viaduct when the earthquake hit.

Luckily for us, only a few pictures fell off shelves and some new cracks appeared in the walls and ceilings of our solidly built 1923 house. But downtown, brick facades fell onto sidewalks and cars, and King County International Airport at Boeing Field suffered cracks in the runway.

In the decade since, many buildings have underdone renovation and earthquake retrofitting. Since 2001, what have you done to make your home less susceptible to earthquakes? If you’ve got any interesting pictures of damage to your Phinney Ridge or Greenwood house from that day, please send them to us.

King County’s Office of Emergency Management is reminding people what to do when another earthquake happens: Drop, Cover, and Hold:

  • DROP to the floor
  • Take COVER under a sturdy table, desk, or chair
  • HOLD in place until the shaking stops.

Since many services will be disrupted in an earthquake, residents should have at least a three-day supply of food and water for themselves, their family, and their pets. It’s also a good idea to have an emergency kit that contains supplies such as a flashlight, blankets, a first-aid kit, and a battery-powered radio. For more information on preparing an emergency kit, visit www.3days3ways.org.

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