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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Sign up now for Community Emergency Response Team class

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.

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County has world’s highest survival rate for cardiac arrest

July 29, 2014

Someone who has a cardiac arrest in King County has a greater chance of survival than anyone else in the world, according the latest analysis by county officials.

The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County hit an all-time high of 62 percent in 2013. By comparison, the cardiac survival rates in New York City, Chicago and other urban areas have been recorded in the single digits.

“People are alive today in King County who would not have survived in most other places in the country,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “Our system delivers rapid, high-quality critical care wherever you are.”

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Teens honored for park drowning rescue

July 23, 2013

In August 2012, cousins Patrick Finigan, 16, and Ian Fursman, 15, became heroes when a trip to Lake Sammamish State Park turned into a rescue.

The boys started to notice trouble when a girl between the ages of 12 and 14 began to struggle in the water, calling for help. The girl’s friends swam back to shore to get someone to help their friend. Finigan swam out and pulled the drowning girl back to safety.

By Greg Farrar King County Sheriff John Urquhart reads commendations July 16 honoring Patrick Finigan (left), 16, of Orting, and his cousin Ian Fursman, 15, of Snoqualmie.

By Greg Farrar
King County Sheriff John Urquhart reads commendations July 16 honoring Patrick Finigan (left), 16, of Orting, and his cousin Ian Fursman, 15, of Snoqualmie.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old boy had slipped under the water, so Finigan returned to the water and dove about 6 feet below the surface and pulled him up. Fursman assisted, helping his cousin pull the boy back to shore.

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