Sunday, July 29, 2012

Exploring the role of seaplanes in disaster response

Prompted by a July 18th King 5 report that the Washington Seaplane Pilots Association is working with emergency responders and Whatcom County residents to see what role seaplanes could have in removing injured residents from remote or cut off areas,  the Ballard HubCaps reached out to the Seattle EOC managers and our advisory committee and asked "What role might seaplanes have for areas that become isolated in Ballard and the rest of Seattle?"

We have started a fascinating discussion about this - stay tuned!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Central Ballard Resident's Association hosting emergency preparedness meeting

Join CBRA representatives from 11am- 1pm on Saturday July 28th in the conference room of the Neighborhood Service Center located at 5604 22nd NW- next  door to the Ballard Library. Stop by to learn more about emergency preparedness!

West Seattle Emergency Preparedness Marches in Parade

The West Seattle team marched in their local parade raising awareness for their community.  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Great to see so many of you at SeaFoodFest!

We had a great team of volunteers join us a SeaFoodFest.

14 volunteers handed out 150 copies of the Pet Emergency Preparation materials, 425 of our Preparedness Promise handouts, and lots of other materials.   We had great conversations with our neighbors about things they do to be prepared.  Some are individualists, some have teamed together with neighbors and taken SNAP to a whole new level!  We got some great new ideas, we got 60 people interested in being volunteers for the emergency communications hubs, and 3 people new to Seattle learned that yes indeed, we have earthquakes here and that they should drop, cover and hold!

What is an emergency communications hub?  Hubs are volunteer run in our communities, and they communicate through the HAM network, to the Seattle Emergency Operations Center.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case we have some videos:

Link to Zander Beaumont award for his work in the Queen Anne Hubs

A view from inside the Emergency Operations Center during a ACS and Hubs drill