We’ve been coping with a pandemic, and a major bridge closure, but are you ready for our next big seismic event?
If we had a major earthquake tomorrow that left us without water for several weeks would you know how to harvest water from your hot water tank or make a makeshift toilet?
Both before and after a disaster, reliable information about services and supplies is just as important as preparedness for keeping people safe. The Highland Park Improvement Club is a member of the Seattle Emergency Hub Network, whose goal is to train Hub Captains and community volunteers to help provide important information both before and after a disaster strikes. Erika, one of the HPIC Hub Captains will join us to give an overview of the Emergency Hub network, HPIC’s role, and give a preview of the types of events we have planned with the HUB in the coming months.
Other neighborhood concerns welcome, public safety, traffic, fireworks planning etc.
Join us Wednesday, May 23 at our monthly meeting, still via Zoom. 7-8:30pm:
Time: May 26, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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There’s still time to support the HPIC May fundraiser – help us finish off our huge remodel projects so we can reopen the building to the public soon. More info and Donate link here.
To dive deeper into understanding Seattle planning for our next big earthquake, take a look at this very interesting series of webinars OEM is making available for the first time to public participation:
The Office of Emergency Management, in coordination with representatives from multiple City departments, has organized a series of webinars focused on the City’s earthquake response plans. The first webinar will be held on May 27th and will be a high level overview of how the City prioritizes and coordinates during response to a major earthquake. The four subsequent webinars will occur during June through September and will dive deeper into individual areas of the response including firefighting, mass care, and utility and transportation restoration. Each webinar will also highlight how individual and neighborhood preparedness efforts tie into the overall response.
All webinars are open to the public and will include captioning in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. All sessions will include a Q&A session at the end, and will be recorded and posted to the Seattle OEM YouTube channel. Registration is not required, but participants can register to receive a confirmation email, calendar appointment, and event reminders. View the full schedule on OEM’s events calendar or see session information below.
WEBINAR: City of Seattle Earthquake Response: Overview of Response Priorities and Coordination
Thursday May 27th
Link to Join: http://bit.ly/SeattleEQResponseWebinar
Description: Seattle Office of Emergency Management staff will provide an overview of our region’s earthquake risk, likely earthquake impacts, and describe what a local government response to a catastrophic earthquake looks like. This will include an overview of citywide response priorities and coordination, how the city communicates emergency information to the public, and key preparedness actions the public can take before an earthquake happens.
Future webinars in this series will provide more detail on specific areas of response, including firefighting, search and rescue, utility restoration, transportation restoration, and emergency shelter and feeding
WEBINAR: City of Seattle Earthquake Response: Firefighting, Search and Rescue, and Hazardous Materials Response
Wednesday June 16th
Link to Join: http://bit.ly/SeattleEQ-FireResponseWebinar
Description: Staff from the Seattle Fire Department will provide an overview of how the City directs life safety response operations after a major earthquake This will include information on how they prioritize their response efforts with limited resources, how they begin requesting outside assistance, and what the public can do to prepare.
WEBINAR: City of Seattle Earthquake Response: Emergency Shelter and Feeding
Tuesday July 20th
Link to Join: http://bit.ly/SeattleEQ-Food-Shelter
Description: Staff from the Seattle Human Services will provide an overview of how the City will coordinate with regional partners to stand up shelter and feeding operations after a major earthquake, and the implications for personal preparedness.
WEBINAR: City of Seattle Earthquake Response: Utility Restoration
Wednesday August 4th
5:30 – 7:30PM
Link to Join: http://bit.ly/SeattleEQ-UtilityRestorationWebinar
Description: Staff from Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities will provide an overview of plans for restoring utility service after a major earthquake. This will include information on how damage to utilities is assessed, how restoration is prioritized, where your personal preparedness fits with utility response, and how utility providers coordinate with other City departments and with regional partners.
WEBINAR: City of Seattle Earthquake Response – Transportation Restoration
Wednesday September 1st
Link to Join: http://bit.ly/SeattleEQ-TransportRestorationWebinar
Description: Staff from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will provide an overview of plans for restoring transportation after a major earthquake. This will include information on how the restoration of roadways and bridges is prioritized, and how SDOT coordinates with other City departments and with regional transportation agencies.