March 17, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. March 17, 2011
Nina Hawley and Allison Stephens plan to use a weekend consignment sale in Issaquah to collect donations for relief efforts in disaster-plagued Japan.
Shoppers at the Just Between Friends sale at the Pickering Barn can purchase $1 raffle tickets for a $50 Just Between Friends gift certificate. Organizers pledged to donate proceeds from the raffle sales, and portions of admission fees, to the American Red Cross.
Hawley, Stephens and other local mothers organize Just Between Friends maternity and children’s clothing consignment sales.
The sale runs Friday through Sunday at the historic barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. The sale is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.
March 15, 2011
The unfolding disaster in Japan — unleashed after a magnitude-9 earthquake struck the island nation — has emergency planners in Issaquah reminding residents to prepare for earthquakes and other calamities.
“This tragedy overseas reminds us that our region is also at high risk from natural disasters,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “The time to prepare is before emergency strikes.”
The earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan in the afternoon March 11 (late March 10 in Washington and on the West Coast). The death toll could exceed 10,000 people.
The local group spearheading personal emergency preparedness is the Issaquah Citizen Corps Council, a nonprofit organization formed to prepare residents to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies.
“The real basic message is: Be prepared,” council President Alan Bramwell said.
March 15, 2011
Costco Wholesale executives said all but one warehouse in Japan has reopened after a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, and the Issaquah-based company has accounted for all employees in Japan.
The warehouse in Tamasakai, a Tokyo location, is scheduled to remain closed for several months, pending further inspections and repairs. The company said two people died after a parking ramp collapsed at the warehouse.
Overall, Costco operates nine warehouses and a cross-docking facility, or depot, on the island nation.
Costco is also accepting donations to the Red Cross relief fund at cash registers in warehouses around the globe. The company also set up a donation link on the corporate website, www.costco.com.
Costco operates 581 warehouses worldwide — 424 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 80 in Canada, 32 in Mexico, 22 in the United Kingdom, seven in Korea, six in Taiwan and one in Australia, plus the Japan outlets.
Costco employs 2,700 people in Issaquah, more than any other business. The company claims 57.4 million card-carrying members worldwide.
March 15, 2011
Earthquake in Japan is call to action here
The international effort to help the people of Japan deal with massive catastrophes is gaining ground. We have no doubt that Issaquah families will do what they can, with prayers, finances and volunteer efforts.
But there is something else every family here can do. Prepare.
The shock of the earthquake in Japan is way too close to what could happen here. If you had been ignoring the warnings to get ready for an emergency, now is the time to pay attention.
Yes, there is food and water to be stored, along with basic medical supplies, but there is more to be done.
March 11, 2011
NEW — 4 p.m. March 11, 2011
Comcast digital customers in Issaquah and elsewhere in Western Washington — regardless of service level — can watch TV Japan on Channel 245 through March 18. The channel is broadcasting ongoing live news coverage from earthquake- and tsunami-stricken areas in Japan.
Officials directed people to check the American Red Cross Safe and Well Program or call the U.S. Department of State at 888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225 for information about relatives impacted by the earthquake and the tsunami.
People can donate to disaster relief efforts through the Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help people affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific Ocean.
March 1, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. March 1, 2011
March is American Red Cross Month — a chance for families and businesses to update disaster plans, and build or restock emergency kits.
Every year, the American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties brings together 2,500 people to care for neighbors, train 100,000 people in life-saving skills and respond to emergencies about once every other day.
FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy lauded the Red Cross for providing help, hope and healing if disaster strikes — and praised the nonprofit organization for also offering CPR, automated external defibrillator, first aid and emergency preparedness training.
February 26, 2011
NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 26, 2011
Monday marks 10 years since the Nisqually earthquake — a magnitude-6.8 earthquake credited for changing attitudes about emergency preparedness and for spurring a decade of reforms.
In Issaquah, city leaders credited the temblor for alerting officials and residents to the importance of disaster preparedness and response. Issaquah School District planners also learned lessons from the earthquake.
The state Emergency Management Division prepared a summary of changes implemented since the earthquake struck at 10:54 a.m. Feb. 28, 2001.
American Red Cross leaders used the 10-year anniversary to encourage Western Washington residents to evaluate personal earthquake preparedness plans and to prepare for disasters.
February 22, 2011
NEW — 10 p.m. Feb. 22, 2011
Issaquah road crews remain on standby to apply sand or de-icing fluid to Issaquah streets if needed throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
In the meantime, roads remain open in Issaquah, though drivers should prepare for winter driving conditions, even on treated roads and especially at night.
Crews focus on priority routes and then start to clear side streets as conditions allow.
National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle issued a winter storm warning for Western Washington through Thursday.
Forecasters said 1 to 2 inches could accumulate overnight Tuesday. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
The weather service said another 1 to 3 inches of accumulation is possible in Issaquah on Wednesday. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
February 22, 2011
Issaquah is more prepared now than during 2001 roller
The ground started to shake as Bret Heath stood upstairs at the old municipal public works office — the steel-frame and metal-clad structure used nowadays as the parks department maintenance facility — and in seconds, the building rolled, like a ship tossed on ocean swells.
“I remember thinking, ‘I wonder if this building is going to hold together,’” the longtime Public Works Operations and emergency management director said.
January 12, 2011
NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 12, 2011
Though most Western Washington residents focused on a brief snowstorm Tuesday and Wednesday, the local American Red Cross chapter urged residents to prepare for earthquakes on the anniversary of a devastating earthquake in Haiti.
“Washington is not only known for its beautiful landscape, but for its earthquakes risks, which can create widespread damage and extended power outages,” local Red Cross CEO Randy Hutson said in a statement. “The Jan.12 anniversary is a good reminder for families to review their emergency plan and select an out of area contact should a strong earthquake strike the Pacific Northwest.”
Though the region has not faced a major temblor since the magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earthquake rattled Western Washington a decade ago, emergency planners train often and encourage residents to prepare.