A look at upcoming events for 2017 and a review of hub activities last year.
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Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs Spring 2017 Newsletter

We have lots of news to sharec divided into 3 sections; Looking ahead to 2017 activities, latest changes and news, and a summary of 2016 activities by the Hubs and the City of Seattle

Section 1 - Looking ahead to 2017 activities

 Hub Activities 
We have set dates for many of our activities and guest speakers.  Here’s is the line up, and please mark your calendar to be a volunteer in the July 29th citywide drill – it’s an earthquake again!
We are attempting to record and post our guest speakers on our Facebook page.  In February, we successfully recorded Mark Sheppard, Director of the Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service talking about how the city’s volunteer HAM radio operators are organized to support communications in the event of disasters or when the city needs assistance in event communications.  His 45 minutes presentation can be seen here 
March 23 Hub Captain meeting  Hubs 101 Open time where we cover paperwork, tabletop, equipment, how to do drills.

April 27 Hub Captain meeting - Outreach and engagement in 2017 by the city and sharing new ideas from Hub Captains.

April 29 Tabletop for Graphics Communications Cards. Location: Seattle Red Cross.  This is a limited participation exercise; please contact us at    if you have a special interest in communication barriers and would like to participate.

May 25 Hub Captain meeting – hands on with the Mapping App for input and extracting info.

June 22 Hub Captain meeting – Radio hands on for Hub Hams with the ACS team – Net Protocols, messaging best practices, inter hub vs. hub to ACS communications (internal vs. sector) and some hands on messaging practice

July 27 Hub Captain meeting – open, but likely Drill related

July 29 Full citywide Drill  – with ACS, earthquake scenario. Locations TBD.  We will need volunteers at the hubs and as citizen actors.

Aug 24 Hub Captain meeting -  Learn about the city’s response plans (especially valuable for new hub captains)

Sept, Oct and Nov Hub Captain meeting topics are to be announced.


Mark Sheppard describes the Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS) at the February Hub Captains meeting.
Eich Eichorn spoke to the Hub Captains in 2016 about how the Seattle Dept of Transportion would use volunteers in a disaster response..

Saturday  March 25, 10am – 1pm,
Beacon Emergency Action Network Community Event.

Jefferson Community Center,  3801 Beacon Ave South
The Beacon Hill area is starting to organize!  There is one hub established at the south end, located at the Beacon United Methodist Church.  This event is for neighbors from across Beacon Hill to come together to work on Community Preparedness.  

NJ Tripp braves a downpour to host a hub outreach table at the Sunset Heights Block Party
In contrast, Cheryl Dyer and Bill Thomassen (ACS) had beautiful warm weather at the Ballard Seafood Festival hub booth.

All of the above information is on our Hub Event Calendar at  We also list all our outreach tables and events and partnerships, such as the training offered by the City of Seattle, current schedule detailed below.  

City of Seattle Training Sessions

Register for all these classes at. and click on Upcoming Events on the right side of the page to go to registration form.

Disaster Skills Basic Aid

Saturday, March 25, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location  Douglas Truth Branch Library, 2300 E Yesler Way

Learn how to care for and respond to injuries after a major disaster when 9-1-1 is overwhelmed or unavailable. This session provides practice on how to recognize and treat life-threatening conditions, how to conduct a patient assessment and how to creatively use household items as first aid materials. Class does not meet requirements for certification.

Disaster Book Club

Wednesday, April 5, 6 – 7:30pm
Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave E.
This month, we're reading "Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest." Author and Seattle Times Science Reporter, Sandi Doughton, will be at our first meeting to discuss earthquakes. Representatives from Seattle Office of Emergency Management will be there to answer preparedness questions and facilitate discussion. Don't forget to pick up your copy of "Full-Rip 9.0" at The Seattle Public Library!

Disaster Skills: Light Search and Rescue

Monday, April 10, 6 – 8:30pm
American Red Cross, 1900 25th Ave S.
Registration is required. Please register at here!
This training provides an overview of light search and rescue skills and basic rescuer safety. When first responders are overwhelmed, residents may apply some of these techniques to help those around them in need.
This Workshop covers the following topics:
-  Rescuer safety
-  Basic search techniques
-  Basic rescue techniques (lifts, carries, cribbing).

Disaster Skills Workshop

Tuesday, April 18, 6:15 – 8:15pm
Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE
Registration is required. Please register at…
This workshop provides training on key skills needed after a disaster and more in depth instruction on key preparedness actions.

This workshop covers the following topics:
(1) Fire Extinguisher Use,
(2) Utility Control,
(3) Water Storage and Purification,
(4) Emergency Toilets

During the Disaster Relief Trials for Cargo Bikes, eggs simulated the transportation and transfer of fragile medical vials.  Hub volunteers helped man the different pick up and drop off locations.

Section 2 - New Items of Interest 

New Hubs
We have had several new Hubs start up, here is the list of the ones who formed in the fall and winter of 2016 – 7. Contact information can be found at the NeighborLink Map on our website.

  • Beacon United Methodist Church
  • Belltown
  • Powell Barnett Park (Central Area)
There are also organizing activities on Beacon Hill and in the North East area of Seattle (Sand Point, Meadowbrook and Pinehurst), watch for those areas to be added in the future.

Hub In A Box Program
11 Hubs have been awarded funds to (establish) a local supply box of materials used by hubs in a disaster response (tent canopies, writing and display materials, bull horns, etc).  These are not caches of survival supplies, but are to be used to help pass on important information so people can help each other in the response. Each of these locations has established a leadership team, so if you are interested in practicing with them as they begin to do set up and equipment drills, you can find contact information for each Hub Captain on the NeighborLink Map.
  • Beacon United Methodist Church
  • Eastlake
  • Rainier Beach
  • West Edge
  • Belltown
  • Queen Anne Bowl
  • Powell Barnett Park (Central Area)
  • Victory Heights
  • Ethiopian Center in Seattle
  • Ravenna Bryant
  • Ross Park (Fremont)

 Unreinforced Masonry Buildings
The City of Seattle has convened a stakeholders group to finally develop policy to address the over 2,000 buildings which are not seismically sound.  The third and final meeting will be Tuesday, April 4.  This is important to the Hubs because a building that is not reinforced has a higher risk of collapse in a strong earthquake.  Those may be where rescue efforts have to focus and we should know where those are in our neighborhoods, until action is taken to seismically reinforce each building.
More information can be found here 


This is what a standard Hub in a Box looks like - all items focused around ensuring people can exchange information when all other modes of communication are down.
Rainier Beach tests using a sheet for holding needs and resources messages.

Section 3 - 2016 year in review,
Hubs and City of Seattle

Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs 2016

We like to list our activities, so people can see the range of events we do and might be inspired to volunteer at an exercise or help at an outreach table.  Here is our list of activities in 2016, we expect to do many of the same outreach events in 2017, so watch the calendar as we swing into festival and street fair season.
Major Accomplishments
  • Worked with Office of Emergency Management and Dept of Neighborhoods to establish an award process for the “Hub in a Box” funds.  $18,000 from City Council to purchase equipment for new hubs in 2016.  11 Hubs awarded funds.
  • New hubs added at.
    Beacon United Methodist Church, West Edge, Ethiopian Community in Seattle (Rainier Valley), Victory Heights, Eastlake, Ravenna Bryant, University Heights, Ross Playground (Fremont), South Park, Powell Barnett Park (Central District)
  • Hubs revitalized in Green Lake, Wallingford, West QA Bowl
  • Neighborhoods exploring hubs in:  Belltown, South Lake Union, Capital Hill, Meadowbrook, Pinehurst, Sand Point/Magnuson Park, Mt Baker, and Roosevelt.
  • New video created showing the hubs and importance of being prepared
  • With University College, London, created an app that can map resources and hazards in Seattle neighborhoods and then be used during disaster response.
  • Conducted a Leadership Retreat to create next 2 year plan of objectives and to review City’s new 5 year Strategic Plan for the Office of Emergency Management.
  • Established Google Drive as common work platform for Hub Captains to aid in information and best practices sharing.
Major Drills
Cascadia Rising and “The Big One” earthquake was the theme of our city wide Hub drill in June, and 6 Hub Captains observed Seattle Department during the official Cascadia Rising Regional drill.
Workshops, mini-drills, skill building and classroom training
2 city speakers attended our Hub Captains Network meetings talking about sheltering and SDOT use of volunteers in a disaster
We held 4 skills building workshops, including ones on sheltering, radio operations and efficiency of hub operations
We held several hubs and neighborhood capacity building events and we participated in the Disaster Relief Trials  Cargo Bikes practice event.
Outreach tables:
Outreach tables are an important way of reaching Seattle residents, to show them their nearest hub and to encourage personal preparedness. We had outreach tables at 17 community events and festivals, and were invited have a table at the Starbucks Employees Preparedness Fair, and Hub Members attended a variety of Night Out Events, providing emergency preparedness information, including Alert Seattle information
We gave presentations about preparedness and the hubs in a variety of venues, from being a speaker at North Beacon Hill and Wedgwood screenings of Meaningful Movies – “Cascadia: the Hidden Fire”, to community and residents councils, to PTA and Rotary groups, at joint SNAP / Hub presentations, and even out of town (Everett WA and Vancouver BC)
Organizing work & partnerships
  • Regular subgroup meetings of Ballard, Lake City, Rainier Beach, West Seattle hubs, QA Bowl and West Seattle hubs took place throughout the year. 
  • In South Lake Union, the Preparedness group there sponsored 3 city led workshops on Disaster Preparedness skill, Sept, Oct, Nov
  • Magnolia-Interbay-Queen Anne (MIQA) worked with 7th Grade Language Arts students in the classroom to understand Emergency Preparedness activities in Magnolia as background research for their disaster-survival fiction stories. The students expanded the project and actively investigated Emergency Preparedness at Blaine, working with Staff and Administration to improve training and awareness of the School’s Disaster Response Plan.
  • We now have over 600 people on our mailing list.
Training attended and shared with Hub Captains Network (by various Hub Captains)
Hub Captains also sought to improve their personal knowledge and skills by attending training offered by other preparedness focused groups.  Several Hub Captains attended certification level course in the Incident Command System (ICS 300 & ICS 400).  Some also attended State level Cascadia Rising planning workshops, and attended skill workshops on building action plans, such as the Building Resilience to Disasters: A Community-wide Strategy - A UASI Vulnerable Populations Disaster Planning Conference.  Others focused on  and how to improve communications with others, attending the Building Resilience to Disasters: A Community-wide Strategy - A UASI Vulnerable Populations Disaster Planning Conference,  workshop on Accessible Disaster Communications in this Digital Age and a workshop on Engaging Ethnic Media .
Here is a link to our detailed list of activities

Cascadia Rising - a 9.0 magnitude earthquake drill was the basis of our major exercise in 2016.  Eight hubs activated for the drill. 
These pictures are from hubs at Ballard Commons, Lake City, Rainier Beach, Broadview and High Point.

City of Seattle 2016 & 2017  

We have a strong partnership relationship with the City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management.  Their activities are extremely important to the preparedness of the city and residents.  In this newsletter we give you 3 views into their work; Their Preparedness Summary document, their 2016 year end Annual Report, and their 2017 Strategic Plan. 

City of Seattle Preparedness Activities

What are we doing to prepare the city for a major earthquake?  
Since its first publication in 2015, this newly updated document summarizes the preparedness efforts of several City departments and offers a comprehensive view of the City's efforts to-date as it continues to prepare for a major earthquake.
Topics in the preparedness document include:
 Unreinforced Masonry Buildings
               URM building policy development –
               City of Seattle Unreinforced Masonry Building Public Education and Outreach Pilot Project
Buildings and Infrastructure Improvements
               Seismic Retrofitting of Bridges
               Elliot Bay Seawall replacement
               Emma Schmitz Seawall replacement
               Seattle Information Technology upgrades
               Emergency Shelter Improvements
               FEMA-funded earthquake mitigation projects
Planning & Exercises
               Seattle Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Analysis (SHIVA)
               Mitigation Plan
               Recovery Framework

Community Preparedness
               Community training
               Community Safety Advocates
               Alert Seattle
               Seattle Hazard Explorer
               Seismic Home Retrofit program
               Seattle Neighbors Actively Prepare (SNAP)
               Community Emergency Hubs
               AirBNB emergency accommodations

2017 Strategic Plan

The City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management creates a Strategic Plan each year and then tracks progress to the Plan.  This is very informative about the activities of both the Office of Emergency Management and the different city departments who have a role in disaster planning, response and recovery. 

Office of Emergency Management
2016 Annual Report

Specifically for 2016, the Office of Emergency Management has posted its 2016 year-end report highlighting accomplishments in their mission to make the Seattle community more resilient and people more prepared to deal with disasters and emergencies
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