This Saturday, September 18th, Seattle emergency communications teams will be practicing and demonstrating how an Emergency Communication Hub will work in the event we face a major natural disaster. The Double Trouble simulation will work through what we will need to do in the event of an earthquake, such as from the Seattle Fault or the Cascadia Subduction Fault.
The exercise will be conducted at the Maple Leaf Park, 1020 NE 82nd St, playground area in the southwest corner of park, from 9am to 1 pm. (Take bus #67 from 11th Ave in the U District.) Getting involved is easy. Just show up. You can participate as an actor or just take a close look at the goings on. Once you arrive, if you can be an actor you will be handed a script to present to the Hub volunteers for them to assist you. Your situation will be something that could realistically happen after a large earthquake. Perhaps your house has been knocked off its foundation, your household needs medical assistance or drinking water because the pipelines are broken or the gas station over on the arterial is on fire but 9-1-1 can’t be reached. Your participation will help the Hub volunteers improve their skills so they can be a great help to you when it really does cut loose. And you will learn so much about what to expect the Hub can do for you when we do have a major natural disaster.
The City and the Hubs will work together in an emergency to collect and post information and to help neighbors meet basic needs. Wallingford will be working this fall, when the pandemic subsides enough for us to have a meeting, to organize an Emergency Preparedness committee to offer classes and to set up and train a Hub for the Meridian Playfield with satellite hubs around the neighborhood. Watch for more information about the committee. For more information about the exercise this Saturday, go to www.SeattleEmergencyHubs.org.