Watch or join the emergency communication hubs field exercise on April 28th!

Click here for more details about the total power outage “No Power, No Bars” emergency preparedness exercise that we mentioned briefly during our March meeting.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the West Seattle emergency communication hubs, you can learn more about them on the West Seattle Be Prepared website and see them on this map!


Follow-up: neighborhood emergency preparedness resources

Great to see such a good turnout and so many new new faces at our October meeting about emergency preparedness! As promised, here’s a follow-up with links to a few of the resources that we mentioned in the presentation.

Block Watch groups can be a great foundation for emergency preparedness!

  • You already know each other; communication channels are established and ready to use. Knowledge of your neighborhood exists; some resources and skills are already known. Vulnerabilities can be addressed before a disaster. Typical hazards can be pre-identified; gas shutoffs can be mapped, etc.
  • Neighbors can cut costs and avoid redundancy if they come together to plan and prepare. Specialty resources can be pooled and shared (not everyone needs to own a generator, ladders or chainsaws). Grants from the Department of Neighborhoods are often available to help neighborhoods prepare.

[Added, 10/26/13:]  The video that we showed during the meeting was from the Map Your Neighborhood program noted above. If you didn’t pick up a copy of the DVD at the meeting, go to the “MYN Resources to Download” link to find instructions about how to request one.

As well, you’ll find many other useful preparedness videos by the Washington State Emergency Management Division here, and you can find links to the CERT and Citizen Corps information here.

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 or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!  

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
  • 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 Website:
  • 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
  • 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