September 28, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 28, 2013
Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed October as Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month and NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Month.
Local jurisdictions, individuals, schools and businesses across the state will promote all-hazard preparedness throughout the month.
A highlight of the month is the Great Washington Shakeout “drop, cover and hold on” earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. 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.
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.
January 29, 2013
Learn chainsaw safety basics as the Issaquah Citizen Corps Council hosts a class soon.
The training focuses on chainsaw handling, operation and maintenance. The free class is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2 at the city Public Works Operations Building, 670 First Ave. N.E. The class size is limited, so interested residents should register at the Issaquah Citizen Corps Council website, www.issaquahcitizencorps.com.
January 8, 2013
NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 8, 2013
The harrowing patient evacuations during Hurricane Sandy last year demonstrated the challenges hospitals face in disasters.
In the Puget Sound region, hospitals, public health agencies, and other health care providers in King and Pierce counties joined forces as the Northwest Healthcare Response Network to prepare for calamities. The coalition launched in January after a merger between the King County Healthcare Coalition and the Pierce County Coalition for Healthcare in Emergencies.
Northwest Healthcare Response Network formed to help coordinate the efforts and resources of hospitals, long-term care, pediatric and other providers in planning, training, and responding to emergencies.
November 27, 2012
The mercury dips a little lower as November turns to December, winter starts in mere weeks, and the agencies responsible for ensuring roads remain passable in ice and snow readied removal plans for the months ahead.
Issaquah, King County and the state prepare detailed ice and snow response plans long before the flakes start to fall. The agencies face challenges in Issaquah and the surrounding area due to steep terrain, narrow roads and limited funding.
October 23, 2012
Staffers flooded from Issaquah City Hall and other municipal buildings at 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18 as employees joined a statewide earthquake drill.
The preparedness exercise involved public employees throughout the city, plus residents throughout the city and state, as planners tested residents’ ability to respond to a temblor.
The city official responsible for disseminating information to the public during emergencies, Communications Coordinator Autumn Monahan, said frequent disaster preparedness exercises educate city employees about the proper procedures to follow in worst-case scenarios.
October 16, 2012
October is Disaster Preparedness Month in Washington.
The observance also includes a statewide drop, cover and hold earthquake drill.
The drill, dubbed the Great Washington ShakeOut, is scheduled for 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18. The regional earthquake exercise includes participants in California, Idaho, Oregon and across the border in British Columbia.
The effort is designed to emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness at home, school and the workplace.
State officials hope the exercise involves more than 1 million participants in Washington.
Washington residents can register for the drill at www.shakeout.org/washington.
October 12, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 12, 2012
Puget Sound Energy is prepared if high winds and heavy rain hit the region in the days ahead as forecast, a company executive said Thursday.
National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said heavy rain is expected throughout the Puget Sound region over the weekend and into next week. The long spell of dry weather came to a sudden end Friday, and heavy rain is expected to arrive late Saturday.
Andy Wappler, PSE vice president of corporate affairs and a certified meteorologist, said the Bellevue-based utility spent the dry months preparing for autumn and winter weather.
“While the sun was shining these past few months, our crews were busy trimming trees, working on reliability projects and getting ready for winter,” he said in a statement. “Now that the weather is changing, those preparations will help us serve our customers as storm season begins.”