Here are just a few suggestions of things you can do to prepare for emergency situations. Please let us know if you have other suggestions!
Start with our emergency preparedness events calendar! We launched our Events Calendar in early 2013 with a focus on West Seattle activities and events, as well as any relevant preparedness-related events in the area that are outside of our community. Check it out and let us know if you have items that we should include!
Stay informed about preparedness! The Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM) publishes an e-newsletter that includes details about upcoming SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) classes, special workshops such as Leadership training, and other useful preparedness information. To sign up for the e-newsletter go here!
Build your skills with SNAP Program classes & Skills Training! Most of these courses are held in the spring and fall. Check this OEM’s SNAP Program and Skills Training calendar for registration details and keep in mind that it is updated as new classes are added. In-person SNAP Program classes are offered at various times throughout the year, as well as Skills Training classes such as: Fire Extinguisher and Utility Control (turning off gas, water, electricity); Disaster First Aid; Light Search and Rescue; Earthquake Retrofit, and Home Hazard Search. Many of these are FREE classes and they tend to fill up quickly.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Program: Get training in needed life-saving skills with emphasis on rescuer safety: https://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/about.shtm. The Seattle Office of Emergency Management now offers this twice yearly. You can learn more about their program from this July 2014 podcast. CERT training is also offered in SeaTac/Burien; the City of Burien website has more information.
Take Basic First Aid & CPR classes: Offered by various organizations including the Red Cross, the Office of Emergency Management, CPR Seattle, various fire stations, and some area hospitals. CPR certification is no longer included in SNAP’s Disaster First Aid class mentioned above.
Mountaineering-Oriented First Aid (MOFA) & Alpine First Aid (AFA): Offered via The Mountaineers (from their home page, look for First Aid/MOFA linked from the “Get Outside & Explore” menu).
Learn about Psychological First Aid: Get information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website about maintaining a healthy state of mind in a disaster. Two additional excellent resources are the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder’s “Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide” and the American Psychiatric Association’s article “When Disaster Strikes”.
City of Seattle’s online disaster training
King County’s emergency preparedness informational site
Includes fact sheets about finding clean water, preventing hypothermia, etc., in several languages.
Safety videos on the Seattle Channel: Excellent materials in English and nine other languages!
Earthquake retrofit classes
For information on dates, locations and registration call 1-877-2-BOLT-IT. Note that some of these classes are free and some have a nominal cost.
Learn all about earthquakes! USGS has created this very informative site…for kids, teachers and you.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/. We’ve also added an Earthquake Preparedness section to our blog.