Editorial — Get a fresh start by being a volunteer

January 6, 2015

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank — “The working poor. The newly homeless. Struggling seniors. The mentally ill. Whether underemployed or unemployable, the victim of tough times or tough streets, representing a long-term need or a short-term crisis, we try to help everyone who comes to us.” The organization helps people of all ages all year long. You can help by donating food, money or time. Learn more at http://issaquahfoodbank.org.

Simple solution — Pick up a few extra canned goods when you’re doing your own grocery shopping and drop them by the bank at 179 First Ave. S.E. Read more

Prepare for emergencies by enrolling in training Nov. 29

November 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 28, 2014

In trying to plan for the unexpected, officials are asking local residents to take part in training Nov. 29 for local Info Hubs.

An Info Hub is one in a network of emergency communications sites set up to provide residents with a place to obtain and share information in case of an emergency situation.

Info Hub groups meet for training and practice four times a year, any time there is a fifth Saturday in any given month. The next Info Hub session is at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 29 at local Info Hubs. A post-drill debriefing is planned for 10:30 a.m. that same day at Fire Station 82, 1851 228th Ave. N.E.

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Editorial — Disaster preparedness is everyone’s job

September 16, 2014

What would you do if an earthquake affected your home? Mudslide? Flood? Fire? What about a minor emergency, like the occasional winter storm or power outage?

September is National Preparedness Month. But what does that mean to you?

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Issaquah Citizen Corps offers new short-form CERT class

January 7, 2014

The Issaquah Citizen Corps is kicking off the new year offering a Community Emergency Response Team class in a new short format. The training focuses on personal readiness and disaster preparedness skills.

Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays starting Jan. 18, at the Issaquah Public Works building, 670 First Ave. N.E. Cost is $35 and covers course materials and a basic CERT backpack.

The four-week class culminates in a disaster simulation drill March 8.

Karen McManus, president of the Issaquah Citizen Corps, said the new courses are the result of popular demand.

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