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Library workshop on creating emergency preparedness in Maple Leaf

October 15th, 2012 by Mike

Earlier this month we wrote about the Great Shake Out preparedness drill for earthquake safety.

Now we want to let you know about a neighborhood workshop to plan everything from communications – when the phone lines go out and cell phones go dead – to being able to survive a week without help from outside.

The workshop is this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1-3 p.m. at the Northgate Branch Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E. Follow this link for more information.

One of the organizers is John Parnell, a Maple Leaf resident who was also involved in this spring’s Maple Leaf Emergency Drill.

John writes:

What is NOW needed is a coordinated community effort to organize other aspects of our emergency response that go beyond just communications.

The City of Seattle’s Disaster Plan openly states that individual neighborhoods will probably be on their own for a period of 3-14 days following a catastrophic event (such as an 7.0 earthquake or major volcanic eruption).

We will need to be prepared to take care of ourselves and our neighbors by sharing resources and helping those most vulnerable to a loss of basic infrastructure.

The Maple Leaf Community Council has prioritized emergency preparation efforts. What we need now is folks to join us. Please come and check out the October 20 workshop; if you can’t make it, contact me afterwards. We would like to have a kick-off meeting for the Emergency Preparation Committee in the near future and would encourage you to participate in any way that you can.

John can be reached through comments on this post, or at k7hv (at) arrl.net.

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Are you prepared for the Great ShakeOut?

October 5th, 2012 by master

Any day the “big one” could hit. After the Maple Leaf emergency drill in May, it appears neighborhood leaders will be prepared if we’re hit with an earthquake of epic proportions, but what about you?

The Great Washington ShakeOut is hoping you will be prepared, and it’s helping you get ready with a statewide drill on Oct. 18:

You are invited to join thousands of people who will Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:18 a.m. on October 18th in the 2012 Great Washington ShakeOut!

More than 12.5 million people were registered to participate in ShakeOut drills worldwide in 2011. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to become better prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, the state is hit with more than 1,000 earthquakes each year. And although predicting when and if the big one will ever hit is difficult, history indicates the state remains at risk.

Go to the Great Washington ShakeOut website to learn more or to register yourself, your family, your workplace or any other organization.

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Updated with results: Maple Leaf emergency drill is up and running

May 19th, 2012 by Mike

Update No.2: Theresa, the Hub captain and Red Cross representative at Saturday’s drill, has posted photos here.

Update 5/20: Here’s a report from the field.

About 35 people participated in the Maple Leaf drill, including nine on the radio team. John Parnell, coordinator, reports:

We were able to contact all parts of the Maple Leaf area, although we a few coverage problems in the spot by the freeway and Thornton Creek. We had several folks drive around and call us from as far away as Green Lake and Shoreline. We also relayed all the transmissions from Wedgwood Hub to the Emergency Operating Center. We were assigned to the role of NE Coordinating Hub.

We DID get a high quality group that did show up: nurses, hams, radio technicians even a few firefighters. For the next drill, we need to start earlier and approach more organizations, including churches, fraternal groups as well as the Maple Leaf Community Council.

Want to know more? Email k7hv@arrl.net or emergencyprep@mapleleafcommunity.org

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A small forest of antennas has sprung up in the northeast corner of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It’s the emergency communications drill, running from now until noon.

The scenario: Terrorist hackers have shut down the power grid. Phone service, including 911 dispatch, is out. Cell phones don’t work. How to communicate?

Stop by the drill and find out!

Similar exercises are being conducted in Broadview, Wedgwood, Wallingford, Green Lake, Queen Anne and Magnolia.

Oh, and let me repeat: This is ONLY a drill.

The Maple Leaf team is communicating with other neighborhoods, including Wedgwood. A sign from Wedgwood is below.

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Tonight’s annual January community meeting just winding down

January 25th, 2012 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s own speed sign and radar gun were on display Wednesday night.

Crime took a holiday during the snow last week, and also at Wednesday night’s annual January community meeting.

In place of a discussion of crime and public safety, which drew police officials, City Council members and scores of neighborhood residents to the meeting in 2010 and 2011, the agenda started with a discussion of emergency preparedness.

That was followed by an overview and partial update on the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, which opens next year, with many more details promised at a meeting in April. (Spoiler: the proposed 90-foot zip line appears to have been replaced by a “hill slide.”) Update Jan. 26: We get to KEEP the zip line! See comment below from Donna Hartmann-Miller, chair of the parks committee and Wednesday night’s presenter on this issue. We apologize for misunderstanding.

Development in the Northgate area was also discussed at the meeting, which is the January general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council. The council has a special page on its website dealing with the development issue.

Of particular interest are changes in bus service when LINK light rail opens in 2021. The direct bus service from Maple Leaf to downtown will be largely replaced by light rail from Northgate.

We’ll be circling back on some of these issues in coming weeks.

Tonight’s meeting is almost over (we posted briefly, below, when it started) but the community council is also looking for direction from residents on the development and light rail issues, and on what other issues the council should emphasize. You can join their community email lists here.

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Tonight's annual January community meeting just winding down

January 25th, 2012 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s own speed sign and radar gun were on display Wednesday night.

Crime took a holiday during the snow last week, and also at Wednesday night’s annual January community meeting.

In place of a discussion of crime and public safety, which drew police officials, City Council members and scores of neighborhood residents to the meeting in 2010 and 2011, the agenda started with a discussion of emergency preparedness.

That was followed by an overview and partial update on the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, which opens next year, with many more details promised at a meeting in April. (Spoiler: the proposed 90-foot zip line appears to have been replaced by a “hill slide.”) Update Jan. 26: We get to KEEP the zip line! See comment below from Donna Hartmann-Miller, chair of the parks committee and Wednesday night’s presenter on this issue. We apologize for misunderstanding.

Development in the Northgate area was also discussed at the meeting, which is the January general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council. The council has a special page on its website dealing with the development issue.

Of particular interest are changes in bus service when LINK light rail opens in 2021. The direct bus service from Maple Leaf to downtown will be largely replaced by light rail from Northgate.

We’ll be circling back on some of these issues in coming weeks.

Tonight’s meeting is almost over (we posted briefly, below, when it started) but the community council is also looking for direction from residents on the development and light rail issues, and on what other issues the council should emphasize. You can join their community email lists here.

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