About West Seattle Be Prepared
We are a community-based all-volunteer effort with representatives and community leaders from many of the West Seattle neighborhoods. Our focus is to provide information, identify resources and needs, and to promote communication regarding emergency preparedness.
Our Group Coordinator is Cindi Barker, from the Morgan Junction neighborhood; she now also leads the citywide hub effort (described in more detail below).
West Seattle hub leaders/captains include: Tony Fragada (Alki); Paul Stancik (Admiral), Jon Wright and Kris Buitrago (Ercolini); Sharonn Meeks (Fairmount); Wade Harper (Pigeon Point); Rob Heeson and NancyJean Tripp (Olympic Heights); Gordon Wiehler (Fauntleroy); Billy Stauffer (Highland Park); Jay McNally (North Delridge);Heather Hutchison (High Point); and Ellen West (Alaska Junction). Our team includes Deborah Greer and Karen Berge (marketing, outreach, social media, and website); and Ron Zuber and Shane Marr (Radio Operations).
Members from our West Seattle team meet monthly with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and the leaders from similar groups in other neighborhoods. West Seattle, Queen Anne – Magnolia – Interbay, and Wallingford initially piloted the effort to establish emergency communication hubs in Seattle. You can find more information about this leadership team (dubbed the ‘Hub Caps’) on our Other Communities page. Starting in 2010, this group has organized twice-yearly emergency communication hub summits and we work together throughout the year on several citywide preparedness drills. Visit our blog for details and photos of these activities!
Our early West Seattle efforts were sponsored by the Southwest and the Delridge Neighborhood District Councils. In 2009, we were one of 3 neighborhoods that received direct funding from the city of Seattle to complete the radio equipment and Go Kits for our hubs. In 2011, we received a Small Sparks neighborhood matching fund grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to cover our website hosting costs.
NOTE: Please contact us if you are interested in helping or if you have comments, questions, or suggestions for improving our website. We can also always use more help. If you can’t help on an ongoing basis, please consider volunteering at a hub immediately following a disaster; just show up!