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Friday, September 24, 2021

Seattle To Host Disaster Exercise For Community Response To Earthquake

North Seattle: Saturday Sept 18,  9 – 1:00 pm  Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, 1020 NE 82nd St, Seattle, WA 98115 

Playground area in southwest corner of park

South Seattle: Saturday Sept 25, 9 – 1:00 pm  Jefferson Park, 3801 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108  

West of the tennis courts and behind the Jefferson Community Center.

Feeling pummeled by the pandemic?  Try tackling a different type of disaster!  Seattle’s Emergency Communication Hubs and The Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service Ham radio operators are responding to simulated earthquakes on two different Saturdays in September.  The “Double Trouble” exercise will run from 9am to 1pm on September 18th and again on the 25th.  Hub Volunteers need YOU to make this exercise successful.  They need practice responding to the overwhelming requests for help that are likely after the “big one” hits.  Everyone benefits from these drills.  Volunteers get better at supporting their communities, the public learns what the Hubs can and cannot do, and the overall system gets stronger. 

Show up for either, or both, simulated earthquake events.  Saturday, Sept 18th, from 9am to 1pm we’ll be on the north side of town – at the Maple Leaf Playground – 1020 NE 82nd St, Seattle, WA 98115

(Playground area in southwest corner of park), Saturday, Sept 25from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm we’ll be on the south side of town – Jefferson Park (3801 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108) next to the tennis courts.  Getting involved is easy.  Once you arrive you will become an actor for us; you will be handed a piece of paper with a situation written on it and see if the Hub volunteers can help you.  The situation will be something that could realistically happen after a large earthquake: Your household needs drinking water.  Your pet is lost.  The gas station just caught fire but 9-1-1 is overwhelmed.  Your participation will help Hub volunteers improve their skills and adapt their processes.  Participating in the exercise is valuable for you as well because you will learn SO much about what to expect if Seattle were to have a large earthquake.  Please attend either, or both, Saturdays.  You can arrive when convenient and stay for as long as you like.  More information can be found at www.SeattleEmergencyHubs.org or by contacting Info@SeattleEmergencyHubs.org or by calling (360) 550-2234 or  (206) 933-6968.   

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