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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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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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