Jul 05

Practice for a disaster on July 29 with Seattle neighborhood volunteers and Ham Radio operators

By Admin | Uncategorized

After a major disaster we become our own first responders. Learn with your neighbors how we can continue to share information and communicate when all normal forms of communications are down!

As part of a Citywide exercise, we will activate a MIQA Community Emergency Hub at West Magnolia Playfield on Saturday July 29, from 8am to noon.
All are welcome and encouraged to participate!  Please see the attached flyer (.pdf)

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Oct 13

Alert: Potential historic windstorm on Saturday

By MIQASupport | Resources , Uncategorized

Alert: Potential historic windstorm on Saturday

Hi folks! This is from our Hub neighbor with some great information to pass on.

Seattle Net! From Davis Baum

You probably know it’s going to rain, but you may not be aware that Saturday’s windstorm may be a “historic” event, posing a significant hazard.

The National Weather Service says: “There is a 1 in 3 chance [Saturday’s storm] would be a worst case scenario leading to a historical windstorm for nearly all of western Washington that would be long remembered.” (Read the Special Weather Statement from 8:30 AM today, Thursday.)

The Seattle Times has a good general roundup and forecast, posted yesterday at 8:00 PM.

For tonight, Thursday, there’s a high wind warning, but it’s not the “true monster storm” (as meteorologist Cliff Mass calls it) that we might see on Saturday.

Prepare for an extended power outage

After the Columbus Day storm of 1962, power was out for 17 days in some areas. Today, a week-long regional power outage would be a significant, life-threatening hazard. Phones and computers would use up their batteries. Communications would be affected. Cash machines would not work. Stores would close.

Collect medications, special needs, pet foods, and other personal necessities now. Get cash, including small bills. Check your flashlights and batteries.

Communications

If you don’t have a portable, battery-operated radio, get one today. Get batteries.

If you follow Twitter, use the hashtag #wawx to follow Washington weather. (You can read the feed even without a Twitter account.)

To be in touch with us, please join our Google Group email discussion group. Also, we’ll post updates on our web site atwww.SeattleNet.org.

Stay safe!

May 23

Community Emergency Hubs to Activate for Disaster Drill

By MIQASupport | Events , Uncategorized

Attention All Magnolia and Queen Anne Neighbors Interested in Disaster Preparedness! Announcing an opportunity for public participation in an extension of the Cascade Rising multi-state intergovernmental regional disaster exercise which runs from June 7th through June 10th.

MIQA (Magnolia/Interbay/Queen Anne) Be Prepared, a community volunteer organization, announces that it will establish emergency hubs at two sites on Saturday, June 11th, 2016 from 9am until 11am. The hub locations are at Queen Anne Playfield near the Queen Anne Community Center, and at Magnolia Playfield near the Magnolia Community Center Parking Lot.

Hubs are predesignated public meeting places for neighbors to gather and share information about resources and needs in the event of a major disaster, and are 100% established and run by the surrounding residents. The City of Seattle has recently officially added hubs as an important component of its disaster plan, and relies on neighbors to staff and organize Community Emergency Hubs throughout the City.

MIQA Hubs will provide training and exercise of hub functions at this drill, and seeks involvement of any and all interested neighbors. If you wish to get involved in preparing yourself and your neighbors for a disaster, MIQA Hubs offers the training and resources you seek! Hub volunteers receive about one hour of hands-on training followed by an opportunity for practice at a working hub. Future opportunities will be available as well, as trained volunteers are always needed!

More information about MIQA Be Prepared and disaster preparedness can be found at MIQABePrepared.org or email MIQA Be Prepared at info@MIQABePrepared.org.

Jan 04

Crime Safety Meeting – January 6th, 6:30pm at the Magnolia United Church of Christ

By MIQASupport | Events , Meetings , Uncategorized

There is a community meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 6th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Magnolia United Church of Christ, 3555 West McGraw Street.

A “Crime Safety Meeting,” this is a city wide community meeting about “crime” in general. Magnolia Patrol, news media, and community leaders from around the city include elected officials, police and other groups will be in attendance.

Register to attend at MagnoliaSafety.com.

Pass the word & plan on attending.

Oct 09

Emergency Preparedness Survey 2015

By MIQASupport | Disaster Plan , Emergency Prepardness , Uncategorized

Purpose of the Survey

PRR, in collaboration with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM), conducted research to:
•Measure the level of awareness and need for preparing for disasters with new and standardized measures for use in future surveys.
•Measure the level of preparedness for the residents of Seattle and the effectiveness of public education programs to educate and motivate people to take action to prepare.
•Compare the survey results to previous studies to determine if the level of awareness and preparedness has changed.
•Determine if there has been change in how people in Seattle receive their information and who influences them to take action.
•Identify if there are trends for particular demographics.
•Identify barriers to preparedness and compare to other research to see if there are new barriers that need to be considered in developing outreach campaigns or programs.
The results of the survey will be used to inform OEM future communication/outreach efforts to further improve the disaster preparedness of Seattle citizens

I have attached the results for us to see. This was sponsored by the Seattle Office of Emergency Managment (OEM)

All the best,

MIQA Support

Oct 08

Get Ready to ShakeOut – Register Now!

By MIQASupport | Emergency Prepardness , Uncategorized

You are invited to join millions of people worldwide who will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” on October 15th at 10:15 a.m. during the 2015 Great Washington ShakeOut!

More than 26.5 million people were registered in ShakeOut drills worldwide in 2014. Participating is an easy and fun way for your family and organization to become better prepared for earthquakes.

Visit the Great ShakeOut’s website to learn more about the drill and how you can participate.

What are the chances of an earthquake happening in Seattle?

Seattle has an 84% chance of experiencing a magnitude 6.8 or greater earthquake in the next 50 years, and a 14% chance of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake during that same time.

Knowing to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” during an earthquake could help save your life. Practicing those three simple steps at home and in the workplace will ensure that when the ground starts shaking, you will be ready!

Visit Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM) website to learn more about Seattle’s earthquake risk.

What else can you do to prepare?

“Drop, Cover and Hold On”  is an important part of protecting yourself during an earthquake. There are a number of other steps you can take to prepare BEFORE an earthquake happens. These include:

  • Developing a family disaster plan
  • Securing heavy furniture to walls to reduce the risk of injuries from falling objects
  • Knowing how and when to shut off utilities after an earthquake
  • Storing emergency food and drinking water
  • Signing up online for the City’s new emergency alert and notification system – AlertSeattle: alert.seattle.gov

To  learn more about what you can do to prepare yourself, your home, your family and your workplace, visit OEM’s website.

Public Outreach Section

Office of Emergency Management

City of Seattle | Seattle Police Department

105 5th Avenue South, Suite #300; Seattle, WA 98104

Jul 24

AlertSeattle emergency notification system to go live August 1

By MIQASupport | Disaster Plan , Emergency Prepardness , Uncategorized

The City is launching a new alert and warning notification system called AlertSeattle on August 1.

Once the AlertSeattle system is live, you will be able to register your contact information to receive official city alerts via text message, email and voice message.

In addition to emergency alerts, you can choose to receive community notifications about safety, health, utility disruptions, major traffic incidents, and more. You will be able to choose how you want to be notified and what alerts you want to receive.

Video: http://www.seattlechannel.org/explore-videos?videoid=x56149

Sign up now to receive a reminder email when the AlertSeattle
system goes live on August 1

http://alert.seattle.gov/2015/06/11/alertseattle-emergency-notification-system-to-go-live-august-1/

 

May 19

Legionnaires and other Veterans, come stand with me on Memorial Day 5/25 on Magnolia

By MIQASupport | Uncategorized

American Legion Post 123, Magnolia and other Veterans.

You are warmly invited to attend the Magnolia Memorial Day services on Monday, May 25th.  If you are able to attend, I encourage you to stand alongside your fellow legionnaires and veterans.  Also please show your spirt, by wearing your military uniform, Legion items veteran items or best patriotic look!  The Memorial Day services are family/children friendly.  I have attached a flyer and also my event time line in details as of now and will be updated as we go.

Please do share this email and or flyer with any of your fellow veterans and or Magnolia community!!

The services in brief;

On Monday, May 25, 2015 Memorial Day

  1. In the village on West McGraw street in front of the post office.
  2. Approx. 955am Bagpipes will be played.
  3. 10am The American Legion will start the service, approximate 20-30mins long.  American Legion and other support groups will be on the street facing the ice cream shop.  The WA St Patriot Guard Riders with their flag line will be on the street facing the post office.
    1. Boy Scouts present the Colors
    2. Pledge of Allegiance
    3. Sing the National Anthem
    4. Prayer
    5. Guest speaker – DAR
    6. Main speaker – US Coast Guard
    7. Servey invites all to Ft. Lawton Cemetery
  1. At the Fort Lawton cemetery
  2. Approx. 1055am Bagpipes will be played.
  3. 11am The American Legion will start the second memorial service at Ft Lawton’s cemetery.  This service is approximately 30-45mins long.  The WA St Patriot Guard Riders flag line will be behind the flag pole facing the community.  The American Legion with support groups will be in the front facing the podium.
    1. Boy Scouts present the Colors
    2. Pledge of Allegiance
    3. Prayer
    4. American Legion speaker
    5. Guest speaker – DAR
    6. Main speaker – US Coast Guard
    7. Boy Scouts play taps
  1. Upon the conclusion of the service the bagpipes will be played for a few minutes

Immediately following the service, my family invites you back to our house for a family/potluck style bbq.  After our days work is done it is nice to relax and share food and drink with each other.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for your support of our Post’s community activities and our Memorial Day services in Magnolia.

Do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or suggestions on how we can improve our memorial services this year.  We enthusiastically welcome your participation with our services if you are able to do so!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth A. Servey

206-909-6853, elizabeth.servey@gmail.com

Senior Vice Commander

American Legion Post 123 on Magnolia

www.walegion.org

May 10

Thank you for participating on our yearly disaster drill!

By MIQASupport | Emergency Prepardness , Events , Uncategorized

Hello,

We would like to extend our many thanks to the our MIQA members and volunteer staff, Boy Scout Troop 72, and the FEMA Corp group for participating on our yearly disaster drill for 2015. I have attached some photos and links to videos of the drill. I hope you enjoyed them.

In the next coming months you will be receiving emails on getting prepare for any disasters.

Last night we were featured on King5News about our city wide drill.

We hope to see you all next year. Again, thank you and BePrepared.

Frank Gaul

Chairman, MIQABePrepared

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