Public input sought at July 9 meeting for disaster preparedness planning

July 8, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. July 8, 2014

To help better prepare for disasters, the public is invited to join city of Issaquah and King County staff as the county requests public comment about its study on vulnerability.

The study will help Issaquah and other local governments plan projects to help reduce the risk from hazards before they happen and to recover more quickly afterward.

The county is hosting a public meeting for the public to learn more and share input at 7 p.m. July 9 in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Learn more and share your comments here.

Emergency response classes start soon

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.

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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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Great ShakeOut returns Oct. 17

September 24, 2013

The community is encouraged to join the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill at 10:17 a.m. Oct. 17.

The Great Washington ShakeOut is a statewide opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes. The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage everyone to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure personal spaces in order to prevent damage and injuries.

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CERT classes registration opens

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.