Disasters come in all shapes and sizes. In Seattle, hurricanes may not be a concern, but earthquakes, flooding and fires certainly are. So how can Lake City neighbors best prepare for an emergency?
Planning is one of the best ways to offset the impact of an emergency situation. In Seattle, the Office of Emergency Management helps coordinate neighborhood efforts through a program called SNAP – Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare. This program encourages communities to organize at the most basic level – individually, with neighbors and with block watch groups. From there, groups can coordinate with local area Emergency Communication Hubs. These hubs act as gathering places and as a base for amateur radio operators in the event communication is disabled.
The map below shows designated Emergency Communication Hubs in North Seattle. Notice something missing in Lake City? Local resident, Sandy Motzer, is working hard to change that. She’s put together a network of individuals and is applying for a grant to establish a communication hub here in Lake City. And more are needed.
Interested in helping? Want to learn more? Stop by the Fun Meet at the Market on Thursday, Sept. 13 between 3:00-6:00pm. Representatives from local community groups will be available to answer questions and help you get connected with your neighborhood. Online family preparedness tools are also available to help you and your family get started.
“The nature of disaster itself means there will not be enough resources to help everyone who needs help. That’s why disaster preparedness is considered a partnership between the City of Seattle and its citizens.” – Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management