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
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.
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?
September 10, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 10, 2014
September marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month.
In honor of this year’s theme, “Be Disaster Aware; Take Action to Prepare,” the Issaquah Citizen Corps encourages the community to learn more about local hazards, and prepare with plans and supplies. Be prepared for that occasional winter storm, power outage and anything else unexpected.
In addition, the Issaquah Citizen Corps is taking signups now for its fall Community Emergency Response Team class.
March 4, 2014
When a disaster occurs, professional emergency services personnel will not be able to help everybody immediately.
That means ordinary citizens make a difference. Join more than 300 people in the community who have already completed training for a Community Emergency Response Team.
CERT training is designed to prepare citizens in the event of a disaster. Registration is now open for the spring session.
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.
September 16, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 16, 2013
Join hundreds of community members, and learn how to best help yourself, your family and your neighbors during a disaster.
Emergency responders will not be able to help everyone immediately, so citizens like you can make a difference by using your Community Emergency Response Team training to protect and save lives.
CERT courses include:
- Disaster first aid training
- Disaster preparedness
- Basic firefighting
- Light search and rescue
- Damage assessment
- How to turn off utilities
- The psychology behind a disaster
The program includes a nine-week course with classes from 6:30-9:30 p.m. every Thursday starting Sept. 26. There will be no class Oct. 31.
Registration costs $35. Learn more and register here.
January 29, 2013
Registration is open for Community Emergency Response Team training in Issaquah.
CERT training is designed to prepare residents to help family members and neighbors during a catastrophic disaster. The training is important because professional emergency services personnel cannot help everybody immediately, so citizens can use CERT training to protect and save lives.
CERT courses include disaster first aid training, disaster preparedness, basic firefighting, light search and rescue, and damage assessment skills.
June 26, 2012
Preparing for worst-case scenario in Issaquah
The earthquake existed only on paper and pixels for a brief span in early June, but the aftermath lingers.
Officials in local, regional, state and federal government participated in a drill, called the 2012 Evergreen Quake Exercise Series, to prepare for a devastating disaster in Issaquah and Western Washington.
The scenario for the exercise reads like the script for a disaster flick set in Issaquah.
The magnitude-6.7 earthquake rattled along the Seattle Fault at 8 a.m. Monday, June 4, as motorists surged on Interstate 90 and clogged city streets, en route to work and school.
The interstate turned impassable in a matter of seconds, as the exit to Front Street North and East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast crumbled.
March 6, 2012
The battle against the elements created dangerous conditions for city crews during a snowstorm and a rare ice storm in January, officials said in a recent update on response to the storms.
City crews scrambled to keep pace as the storms battered Issaquah and the region. Sometimes, limbs crashed onto city streets mere moments after a snowplow scraped snow and ice from the surface.