July 31, 2015
NEW — 5:50 p.m. July 31, 2015
Our state is now experiencing the most dangerous wildfire weather of the year, with crackling-dry forests and grasslands, soaring temperatures and increased probability of multiple fires.
Recent wildfires in the Issaquah area offer a vivid reminder of the risk.
A blaze in the Klahanie neighborhood came within 100 feet of homes July 28. Two days later, Eastside Fire & Rescue battled another wildfire just east of Issaquah along Interstate 90.
And today there was a brush fire near I-90 in Preston.
May 12, 2015
Bill Merritt is in the business of saving lives.
The fourth-generation Issaquah resident has worked as a firefighter, an EMT and now operates his own emergency training education business.
March 3, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. March 3, 2015
City officials invite you to join the more than 300 people who have completed training for a Community Emergency Response Team.
The training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a major disaster. Registration is now open for the spring session.
The classes are from 6:30-9:30 p.m. each Wednesday, March 18 through May 2, and include a hands-on disaster drill simulation the last day of class.
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?
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.
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.
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.