Meeting was held at MLKF FAME Center. Penelope Karovsky called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Sixteen community members signed the attendance sheet. Emails from this meeting will be used to communicate further information about ongoing Emergency Preparedness activities.
The Community is invited to attend a forum organized by our neighbors the Homer Harris EmergencyPreparedness Group. The forum will be held at the Meredith Matthews YMCA on Tuesday March 26 th at 7pm. Sandi Doughton (author of Full Rip 9.0,) Cindy Barker and Thomas Kiehne will speak.
Steve Smith who has helped map the blocks near his house shared his Earthquake preparation list. His list is attached to the minutes of this meeting. Mapping includes the names and contact info of your neighbors, locations of gas lines and resources available among households.
Earthquake prep kits were also available so community members can plan how they want to organize their personal emergency kits. Steve’s suggestion for Best Disaster preparedness kit is https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/emergency-preparedness/
For how to map the neighborhood https://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/preparedness/map-your-neighborhood
Community members shared their own motivations for getting ready for disaster like experiencing the Northridge earthquake or living in New Orleans during Katrina.Personal ideas for preparation that some neighbors have already undertaken:
- Secure book-cases to wall.
- Have a backpack of supplies and shoes under the bed in case you have to leave at night.
- Gotenna, a networking communication device if mobile phones are not working.
- Sharing costs of generators or chain saw or other higher cost item with neighbors. Standard emergency prep can cost $300 per household so sharing is a good idea.
- Know your neighbors so you can be of help. Some houses will be better equipped than others for disaster.
- Further actions suggested.
- Establish a neighborhood hub for our community so we know where to go in an emergency for information.
- Keep track of resources available from the city.
- Continue to work with our community councils who are also engaged in Emergency Preparation.
- Encourage community mapping and have a centralized map list for the MVCC to coordinate.
There is general interest in continuing this discussion at further meetings.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.
Minutes submitted by Diane Zahn, Secretary.