Highlights from our September meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentGreat meeting yesterday! Many thanks to those of you who participated, especially our presenters. 

SW Precinct Operations Lieutenant, Ron Smith provided detailed information on recent crime statistics – some excellent news about drastic drops in car prowls and burglaries. He also updated us about staffing of the Community Police Team, which at the moment is down to two, Officer Jon Flores and Officer Kevin McDaniel. Officer Jon Kiehn and Officer Erin Nicholson, who have both been so helpful to our group, are now working elsewhere in the department. 

Jennifer Burbridge gave an update on findings from the focus groups she conducted about the Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP’s). Kristin Tinsley gave a presentation about the new AlertSeattle emergency notification system.

The West Seattle Blog has published coverage of our meeting with additional details.

Our next meeting will be on the 4th Tuesday of October – October 27th – 6:30 to 8 PM. We’ll post more details as that date approaches!

Other Announcements

October 5th is the deadline to apply for the Small and Simple” Neighborhood Matching Fund grants (the mid-level grants). Small Sparks grants (the smallest grants) can be applied for at any time. You can find more info on the Department of Neighborhoods NMF website.

Surviving Disaster: Natural Hazards & Resilient Communities (UW lecture series): This free series will run on five consecutive Tuesday evenings starting October 13th. See our post on West Seattle Be Prepared for details.

Preparing for the Big One, new class offering from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, November 4th, 5:30 – 7 PM, at SW Branch Library. They also have listed a free Earthquake Home Retrofit class on October 11th, but it’s currently showing as full. FYI, their classes are free, but most require pre-registration. You can find more details and the Seattle OEM’s full schedule of classes here.


What’s new since our last meeting? Hear about AlertSeattle, findings from the MCPP Focus Groups, and more!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrent Join us on Tuesday, September 22nd for the first meeting after the Summer Hiatus! 

Our focus will be on what’s happened and what’s new since our last meeting in June.

Kristin Tinsley, Outreach & Training Specialist from the Office of Emergency Management, will be one of our guests. She will explain AlertSeattle, the City’s new emergency alert and notification system that launched this summer.

AlertSeattle is a free service that allows you to sign up online to receive customized alerts via text message, email, voice message, and on social media (Facebook and Twitter). Learn more about this system and how you can create customized notifications about severe weather, safety, health, utility disruptions, major traffic incidents, and more.

Jennifer Burbridge, the Research Assistant who is working with the SW Precinct on the Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP’s), will be back to report on the findings from the focus groups she conducted throughout our area, in which you hopefully participated.

As well, we’ll have updates from SW Precinct leadership about issues that they saw over the summer months.

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 6:30-8 PM

SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

6:00-6:30       Arrive early for light snacks, pick up informational materials, socialize and network with each other while we set up!

6:30-7:00       Introductions, announcements, and updates about crime and issues affecting the SW Precinct.

7:00-7:15       Jennifer Burbridge: Micro-Community Policing Plan focus groups findings.

7:15-8:00       Kristin Tinsley, from the Office of Emergency Management, on AlertSeattle.

8:00-8:30      Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain!  RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary to attend.  You can email us at  wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!

Deborah Greer and Karen Berge
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

Our October meeting focuses on preparedness resources!

October is Disaster Preparedness Month in Washington State!


Join us on October 22nd for our monthly meeting. Our main topic is how to effectively integrate emergency preparedness into our Block Watch groups. There are many, many resources available to help you develop this important aspect of neighborhood safety!

Come learn about steps that we can take to prepare as a neighborhood and as a community. We’ll also share and discuss best practices that local agencies, organizations, neighborhoods, and cities across the nation, use and recommend. 

Individual preparedness is a critical building block for neighborhood preparedness. Did you know that there are free classes and numerous other resources that will help you and your neighbors develop the skills needed? 

We have materials from the City of Seattle (SNAP program), King County Office of Emergency Management, the Washington State Emergency Management Division and West Seattle Be Prepared that you can distribute to your neighborhoods.  Many of these are available in multiple languages!

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013,  6:30-8 PM

SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

6:00-6:30        Arrive early for light snacks, socializing and networking with each other while we set up the room.

6:30-7:00        Introductions, announcements, concerns, sharing ideas.

7:00-8:00        Emergency Preparedness for Block Watch groups!

8:00-8:30        Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain!  RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary to attend.  You can email us at  wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!  

Arbor Heights “Emergency Reach Out” event is next Saturday, October 20th!

You may have noticed this on our October event calendar: Arbor Heights Elementary (3701 S.W. 104th Street) is hosting its first-ever “Emergency Reach Out” event next Saturday, October 20th! This free event is open to everyone; you do not need to live in Arbor Heights to attend. It runs from 10 AM until 2 PM, but you can attend all or just the portions that interest you.

We’ll be participating, along with other community organizations such as American Red Cross, Cool Moms, Make It Through, Seattle Animal Shelter, Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP), Seattle Police Department’s Living Room Conversations, Seattle Public Utilities, West Seattle Blog, West Seattle Be Prepared, and the YMCA.

Our presentation starts at 10:30 AM and we hope to see you there! If you need an incentive, note that they are providing free lattes and a pastry cart from 10 to noon.

The event flyer and the complete schedule of presentations are below; please help pass the word by passing them along to your friends, neighbors and co-workers!

Arbor Heights "Emergency Reach Out" event, October 2012, event flyer


The full schedule of presentations is as follows:

10:00 – 10:30 West Seattle Be Prepared

10:30 – 10:45 West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network and Seattle Public Utilities

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:00 SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Activily Prepare)

Noon – 12:30 Break

12:30 – 1:15 Red Cross

1:15 – 1:35 Seattle Animal Shelter

1:35 – 2:00 Seattle Fire Department

As noted above, FREE Latte and Pastry Cart from 10:00 to Noon. Snacks and grill items are available for purchase from BigFood Trucks. Amazing Raffle Prizes and Gifts for attendees!

Upcoming events!

Good to see so many of you at our September monthly meeting on Tuesday!  As promised, here is a recap of the announcements that were made.  This first event is happening TODAY.

  • Safe Communities public meeting, Thursday, September 27th, 7 – 9 PM, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW. This event provides an opportunity for residents, police officers and staff from City departments to have small-group conversations about what we need to do to improve safety. Each small group will choose its own top priorities. You can find out more at seattle.gov/safe.
  • National Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, September 29th, 10 AM – 2 PM, SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street. This is a no-questions-asked opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by dropping off potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. More info here.
  • One-Day Community Police Academy, Saturday, November 3rd. Space is very limited, but applications are still being accepted. All applicants will be backgrounded. Contact: Maggie Olsen (206) 684-8672  or margaret.olsen@seattle.gov. Website: http://www.seattle.gov/police/programs/policeacademy/default.htm
  • Community Training – Race: The Power of an Illusion, Saturday, October 20th, 9 AM – 3 PM, Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S.  This community training, based on a documentary, addresses how police officers continue the discussion on the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiatives. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by October 12th to Maggie Olsen (206) 684-8672  or margaret.olsen@seattle.gov.
  • Emergency Preparedness Workshop Event, Saturday, October 20th, 10 – 2 PM, Arbor Heights Elementary School (3701 S.W. 104th St). We’ll be participating , along with other community groups. This event is funded byan Emergency and Disaster Preparedness grant from the Department of Neighborhoods. Everyone is welcome!
  • West Seattle Crime Prevention Council monthly meeting, Tuesday, October 16th, 7 – 8:30 PM, Southwest Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (next to the Home Depot on Delridge).
  • October WSBWCN monthly meeting at the SW Precinct! Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:30 – 8 PM: Our guest speaker will be Sgt. Steve White from SPD, speaking about the Patrol Redeployment & Community Online Reporting Program (CORP).

Let us know if you have any additional items for our calendar!

Upcoming events!

It’s been fun to talk with so many of you at all the great West Seattle summer events — including yesterday’s Delridge Day Festival, the last item on the calendar we published a month ago. Somehow, the summer seems to be flying by. Looking ahead, our calendar of future events is a little sparse:

  • 8/28, Tuesday, 5:30 – 6:30 PM: We’ll be part of the Community Information Fair at the Mayor’s Town Hall event at the Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle Street). The Town Hall portion of the event runs from 6:30 – 8 PM.
  • 9/25, Tuesday, 6:30 – 8 PM: September WSBWCN monthly meeting at the SW Precinct! Our summer hiatus officially ends and we resume our 4th Tuesday meetings.
  • 10/20, Saturday, 10 – 2 PM: Arbor Heights Emergency Preparedness Workshop (more details to come).

Let us know if you have any additional items for our calendar. Meanwhile, we hope to see you out and about!

Emergency Preparedness event announcements

Here are a few emergency preparedness event announcements and informational flyers that we are cross-posting from West Seattle Be Prepared.

First, there’s a free Community Preparedness Summit tomorrow morning, Saturday, September 24th. This is a city-wide event sponsored by the Office of Emergency Management at their Emergency Operations Center. 

Community Preparedness Summit flyer

Community Preparedness Summit flyer

Next, there’s a free Pet Preparedness presentation coming up on Wednesday, September 28th at the West Seattle Senior Center.

West Seattle Be Prepared pet preparedness flyer

West Seattle Be Prepared pet preparedness flyer

Lastly, the Office of Emergency Management has announced their line-up of Fall 2011 Skill’s Training. These classes tend to fill up quickly, so register ASAP if you are interested. Most sessions are only offered twice-yearly, in the Fall and Spring.

Fall 2011 Skills Training flyer