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December 19, 4:49 PM click here to comment > 2

City and County work together to prepare for emergencies

Last week the City entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with King County and other local governments that lays out a framework for inter-agency collaboration during an emergency. The MOU will help us make sure people know exactly what to do to remain safe in an emergency, with no mixed messages.

The agreement will ensure that local governments are communicating in high-pressure situations so that the public can get consistent messaging. This partnership will improve public safety for everyone in our region.

Mayor McGinn and County Executive Constantine sign the MOU

The collaboration goes deeper than just information sharing – County Executive Constantine has agreed to use our Emergency Operations Center as a backup location for his office in the event of a major disaster.

Thank you to Executive Constantine for taking the lead and to all other participating agencies. We’re glad to be working with you to protect our region.

Posted by: Words: April Thomas, Pictures: Jen Nance


Comment from Marth
Time May 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

Will there be detailed information forthcoming? Such as: which agencies other than those already working with emergency preparedness will be involved and how do you pull in more? Is there a plan to tighten the grid to include all neighborhoods? Is there a plan to educate all residents, neighborhood by neighborhood or is it up to each neighborhood to instigate their own planning?(which will mean lots of gaps). I am familiar with the planning and outcome that resulted in a great plan for all West Seattle residents. It is online and includes information/maps regarding what, where and how for residents who otherwise would not prepare for a natural disaster.
There is NEST and PNA who could benefit from direct government operations support to them. There can be a a tight web of neighborhood email distributions to post updates and access proposals from someone involved in this project. What about having many individuals who can do outreach in the communities. Where would these dedicated emer prep outreach people come from? Would the city invest in this critical outreach program?
Respectfully, Martha B.

Comment from Marth
Time May 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

To add to my previous comment in order to clarify my question. i know about the SNAP project etc. I am wondering if there could be a city wide outreach in which the residents do not go to the libraries to hear someone talk. Someone goes door to door and asks residents how their neighborhood can work together. Finding a leader in each neighborhood to do the foot work would be ideal. This is a thorough way to get people talking/planning together in their neighborhood with the neccesary information on hand. Noting people at greatest risk is important information neighborhoods could and should pay attention to. The victims are those who do nothing, who are not even aware of SNAP, and do not know their neighbors. This includes the elderly and disabled.