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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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 is one of state’s safest cities

February 3, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. Feb. 3, 2014

Issaquah is one of the state’s safest cities, coming in at No. 24 on a list of Washington’s top 50, according to the website SafeWise.

The site, dedicated to providing honest reviews of safety and security products, combined independent research with the 2012 FBI Crime Report to come up with the list.

Issaquah was lauded for its diligent neighborhood block watch and emergency preparedness programs.

“Issaquah is so safe that the chance of becoming a victim is only one in 1,741, which is pretty good odds in a town of over 31,000 people,” the site noted.

See the full list here.

October is Disaster Preparedness and NOAA Weather Radio Month

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.

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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.

Community Emergency Response Team training is available

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.

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Issaquah Citizen Corps Council to teach chainsaw safety

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.

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Coalition is meant to strengthen health care amid disasters

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.

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Crews gird for snow removal before flakes start to fall

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.

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