The Green Lake Community Council Emergency Preparedness Committee, which first began meeting this past summer, is hoping to attract some more volunteers.
The committee is working with the City of Seattle Emergency Operations Center and members of other community planning groups, including the Wallingford Community Council Emergency Preparedness Committee.
The Green Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee aims to have a plan in place so that Green Lake residents can get information and help in the event of an emergency or disaster.
The group is creating four emergency hubs in the area:
- A Lower Woodland Park hub, jointly operated with the Wallingford group.
- A McDonald School hub (114 NE 54th St), jointly operated with the Wallingford group.
- A Green Lake Community Center hub (7201 E Green Lake Dr N).
- A Daniel Bagley Elementary hub (7821 Stone Avenue N).
The hubs will be places to volunteer, get and share information, and report injuries and emergency needs. They will be particularly crucial if the power is out and phones are nonoperational.
On Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., there will be a city-wide communications drill. The committee is planning to activate the Green Lake Community Center emergency hub. All interested volunteers will have an opportunity to see and participate in the drill. A training session will be held in January.
The committee is looking for volunteers who would like to get involved in the February drill or in the general emergency preparedness effort. In particular, licensed GMRS and ham radio operators are needed. For more information, contact Paul Kostek at pkostek [at] aol.com or 206-915-6645.