Disaster Emergency Preparedness

posted Nov 6, 2013, 1:32 PM by PRCC Webmaster   [ updated Nov 6, 2013, 1:32 PM by CBF ]

We have all seen public service announcements for Disaster Emergency Preparedness.    It takes place at a family level as well as a community level called HUB.   While a tsunami is probably not our biggest worry here on Phinney Ridge, an earthquake can and if as predicted will be.

HUBs are being formed everywhere in Seattle. Ballard has several and Greenwood is forming one.   HUBs are centers for communications from and to all the emergency agencies.  

  • Seattle Police has an Office of Emergency Management and has coordinators to assist groups in organizing HUBs.  Tracy Connolly is currently our district coordinator.  
  • Mentors who have put together HUBs in their neighborhood are available to advise groups who are going through this process.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) has a Disaster Preparedness Plan for their buildings and tenants and have begun putting together equipment and supplies for a HUB.   They are looking for committee members to meet monthly to full organize a neighborhood hub.  

An example of tasks is compiling a list of resources in the neighborhood for medical, technical, and communication purposes,  so they can be on call for residents assistance when needed.  Another example is to assemble supplies that would be useful (water pump, canopies, electrical generators).  The Dept of Neighborhoods has issued grants to help with these major purchases.  PRCC along with PNA will be applying for one or more grants.

Ruth McDonald (PNA) is presently the lead person and would like to share that role and eventually turn it over.  If you are interested or know of people who would be interested in participating, please email Ruth at ruthm@phinneycenter.org