Vashon EOC

This is a private intranet site for all the dozen or so Vashon disaster preparedness groups, as organized by VashonBePrepared, the island's Citizen Corps Council. The Vashon Emergency Operations Center (EOC) serves as the coordinating hub, run by Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) during a significant incident. 

Vashon disaster preparedness volunteers, VIFR and King County personnel must register & sign in to access other site features!

For current incident information, see the Disaster Resource links to the right. (Click headings to expand the sections.) Scroll down for a compilation of RSS feeds.

For Disaster Preparedness information see VashonBePrepared's or King County's site.

To volunteer, please send an email to:   volunter - at - VashonBePrepared.org describing your interests, skills and contact information.

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Washington's Rental Housing Market Is Looking Better, Still Tight In Rural Areas

Washington's Rental Housing Market Is Looking Better, Still Tight In Rural Areas

2/18/2019 6:17:56 PM

Two months into this year, researchers are looking back at what changed on the housing front in 2018. According to the latest numbers from the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington, the statewide vacancy rate for all apartments is 4.26 percent. That’s better than it was last fall, but not by much. A market is generally considered full at a 5 percent vacancy rate. And while it is getting better for renters looking for an apartment, it’s still not easier in terms of affordability. Rural areas like Kittitas County continue to face one of the worst vacancy rates in the state, with less than half of one percent of rental stock available. Counties like Walla Walla and Whatcom are in similar situations. Yakima is slightly better at 1.3 percent. James Young, director of the UW Center for Real Estate Research, says that “Yakima is playing a game of catch up at the moment,” as it’s in need of more housing. But he says the Yakima area has some of the cheaper more →
CHETZEMOKA BACK TO FULL CAPACITY SAILING

CHETZEMOKA BACK TO FULL CAPACITY SAILING

2/17/2019 6:59:09 PM

Ferry Alert: The M/V Chetzemoka, on the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route, is back sailing at full capacity. Visit the WSF website at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ or email wsfinfo@wsdot.wa.gov for more information about Washington State Ferries. This message was posted at 4:50 pm on Monday, February 17th, 2019. more →
SOUTH END FERRY OPERATING AT HALF CAPACITY

SOUTH END FERRY OPERATING AT HALF CAPACITY

2/17/2019 2:53:27 PM

Washington State Ferries report the M/V Chetzemoka, on the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route, will be sailing at half capacity until the second lifeboat is repaired on the vessel. Updates will be made as more information is available. This message was posted at 12:35 pm on Wednesday, February 17th, 2019. more →
KEEP ALERTS COMING!

KEEP ALERTS COMING!

2/16/2019 2:36:31 PM

With the recent snow storms here on Vashon, we are reaching out to all community members who found our Voice of Vashon Emergency Alert Service posts helpful and informative. Voice of Vashon volunteers posted over 30 alerts to subscribers of the Alerts email list and on Facebook. We covered everything from the weather, to bus schedules, school closures, food bank distribution centers and […] more →
In fiery speech, state lawmaker calls for eastern Washington to secede and form its own state

In fiery speech, state lawmaker calls for eastern Washington to secede and form its own state

2/15/2019 7:25:03 PM

A Washington state lawmaker says it’s time for eastern Washington to break away and become a 51st state called Liberty in order to protect gun rights and avoid the “socialist values of downtown Seattle.” more →
There were few major quakes in the Pacific Northwest over the last decade. Is that… normal?

There were few major quakes in the Pacific Northwest over the last decade. Is that… normal?

2/15/2019 7:08:11 PM

Most people in the Pacific Northwest know we live in earthquake country. A new analysis published this week, however, notes that major quakes in the region have gone on a puzzling hiatus over the last decade. more →

VashonBePrepared + VIFR + King County = Vashon EOC

VashonBePrepared


VashonBePrepared
VashonBePrepared
VashonBePrepared is a federally recognized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit coalition of disaster preparedness organizations on Vashon -Maury Islands in Washington's Puget Sound region.

As the FEMA designated Citizen Corps Council, VashonBePrepared has a near virtual presence and mainly serves to coordinate our very active partner groups which harness the impressive volunteer energy around this issue.

VashonBePrepared has a real presence in many people’s lives - and potentially even more in the future.
VIFR  +  King County OEM


VIFR + King County OEM
VIFR + King County OEM
VashonBePrepared has no operational role during disasters.

Instead the Vashon EOC Team reports to Vashon Island Fire & Rescue which in turn works with King County's Office of Emergency Management.

King County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) works with Washington State's Emergency Management Division (EMD) and they with FEMA.
Vashon Emergency Operations Center


Vashon Emergency Operations Center
Vashon Emergency Operations Center
The Vashon Emergency Operations Center serves island residents before and during critical events as desired by Vashon Fire in collaboration with King County's Office of Emergency Management

With many years of training and activations, we serve as a model organization addressing Vashon's unique geographical and logistical situation.

The Vashon EOC Team is a proud partner of VashonBePrepared - Vashon's innovative disaster preparedness coalition, the island Citizen Corps Council.