A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Emergency response volunteers reactivating Phinney Hub this Sunday

June 13th, 2017 by Doree

The emergency response Phinney Hub is reactivating with a special exercise at 1 p.m. Sunday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

We will open the “Hub Box,” set up a canopy or two, and engage in an objective-setting exercise to chart the course of the Hub organization over the coming months. In an emergency, the procedure at a Hub is to work out together what you can do with the people who are there, given the situation you find yourselves in. We will do that now, looking forward to the growth and strengthening of our volunteer community group. Please join us if you can!

Boy, do we need it!

The Cascadia Rising exercise in 2016 revealed a “grossly inadequate” earthquake response capability in Washington. State authorities are now advising that every household should have a full two weeks of supplies on hand! But of course almost no one does. (See the Seattle Times for a summary, or read the After-Action Report.)

A Hub will not solve all our problems, but working with our neighbors is always a good thing. The better we know each other, the more we can help each other prepare in advance. And if there should be a crisis, we will not be alone!

For specifics about preparing your household, your block, or your building to respond to disaster, please visit our website: PhinneyHub.org, or for more information email phinneyhub@gmail.com.

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Earthquake Home Retrofit class at Broadview Library on Saturday

November 29th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Office of Emergency Management is hosting an earthquake retrofit class at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

The workshop is free but online registration is required.

This introductory workshop will provide information on how to seismically secure a house to its foundation, especially for houses built before 1980. Experienced home retrofit instructors will teach attendees on what tools are needed to retrofit a house and will discuss building techniques, the city’s free plan set and the permit process. The workshop is designed for all homeowners, whether they’re doing the work themselves or hiring a qualified contractor.

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47 households, dozens of volunteers participate in Phinney Hub earthquake drill

June 13th, 2016 by Doree

Our neighborhood began organizing itself in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster during a drill on Saturday. About two dozen folks showed up at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, which is the hub for Phinney Hub, which is part of Seattle Net.

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Volunteers listen as Phinney Hub organizer David Baum (in white hard hat) explains the drill. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

The PNA installed a large metal storage container in the upper parking lot to store Phinney Hub equipment and supplies. In the event of an emergency, Hub volunteers will set up tents in the parking lot and communicate with other volunteers throughout the neighborhood via walkie talkies.

David Baum, Phinney Hub organizer, said 47 households on four blocks organized block-level drills.

“Groups of neighbors gathered at a designated location on their street, then divided into teams to visit every home on the block. In an emergency, people would act as ‘first responders’ for their neighbors, turning off leaking gas, extinguishing small fires, and providing first aid,” he said by email.

For more information, see the Seattle Net website. And click here to sign up for Seattle Net emails.

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Neighborhood earthquake response meeting at PNA on Wednesday

August 31st, 2015 by Doree

Phinney Hub is hosting a public meeting about neighborhood earthquake response from 7:30-8:45 p.m. this Wednesday (Sept. 2) at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building.

Experts will share information on how to prepare your household, and how to cooperate with your neighbors to protect lives and property in the aftermath of a major earthquake.

Phinney Hub is beginning a new focus on helping individuals become “block leaders” to reach out to their neighbors. If you want to receive support and education to become a leader on your block (or in your apartment building or other community), please attend this meeting!

For more information, please visit or email phinneyhub@gmail.com.

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Reminder: Phinney Hub ‘Disaster Games’ is Monday night

February 7th, 2015 by Doree

Don’t forget about “The Disaster Games,” hosted by a new group called Phinney Hub, on Monday night to help neighbors practice earthquake responses. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building.

We’ll use a realistic earthquake scenario and a simple paper-and-pencil format to help us think about the issues we will face in the first hour after a major earthquake. We’ll discuss how to safeguard ourselves and our families, and how to help our neighbors.

We’ll also inaugurate “Proud To Prepare,” a social media campaign to recognize and appreciate people who have taken action to strengthen their independent capability. And we’ll share our plans to establish an Emergency Communications Hub at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

This meeting is free and open to all members of the public. For more information, please visit our web site at www.PhinneyHub.org.

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Neighborhood earthquake preparedness drill

October 4th, 2012 by Doree

GAIN (Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors) North, North Seattle Rotary and Epic Life Church are hosting an earthquake preparedness training by SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Epic Life Church, 10510 Stone Ave. N.

The training is open to anyone who wants more information on how to be prepared for an earthquake in your neighborhood. Coffee and donuts will be provided at this free training.

We are also requesting that attendees consider bringing a NEW pair of shoes to donate to the Salvation Army shoe warehouse. This is for the SHOES FOR SOULS shoe drive. The Salvation Army has a ware house with new shoes available for any person who needs them. Help us fill those shelves before the winter weather begins! Any type of athletic shoe preferred but ALL SHOES accepted or you may make a cash donation.

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Donations wanted for Bakesale for Japan

March 30th, 2011 by Doree

Update Monday, April 4: Organizers say the Bakesale on Saturday raised $2,000, and they raised another $1,100 selling leftover goodies at the Ballard Farmers Market on Sunday.

Earlier: This Saturday, communities nationwide are participating in the Bakesale for Japan, to raise money to help those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Seattle’s event is taking place at CakeSpy Shop, 415 E. Pine St. All of the proceeds will be donated to Peace Winds, a Seattle-based charity working in Japan.

CakeSpy will be selling donated baked goods from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Organizers tell us that bakers and chefs from all over Seattle are donating, but they’re looking for even more donations (and people to buy those goodies).

If you’re interested in donating to the Bakesale for Japan, email seattlebakesale@gmail.com.

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Earthquake retrofit class tonight at Phinney Center

March 16th, 2011 by Doree

 Tonight’s Phinney Neighborhood Association class on earthquake retrofitting your home should be a popular one.

Roger Faris, Tom Hall & Tony Holder are offering their popular Earthquake Home Retrofit class tonight from 7-9 pm in the Community Hall at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Learn about the City of Seattle’s Project Impact and how to evaluate your home for needed structural improvements. Learn to use the correct tools, materials and methods to accomplish an earthquake retrofit. Class handouts include a complete set of permit forms, drawings and instructions suitable for do-it-yourselfers or working with a contractor. Class size is limited, so be sure and call 783-2244 to register in advance. Price is $20 for PNA members, and $25 for the general public.

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Picnic hosting fundraiser for Japan earthquake victims Thursday

March 15th, 2011 by Doree

Picnic at 6801 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting a fundraiser for Japanese earthquake victims on Thursday night. Money raised will go to ShelterBox USA, an organization that provides temporary shelters and other basic necessities in emergency situations.

From Picnic owners Anson and Jenny Klock:

Watching with horror as the recent disaster in JAPAN unfolded we knew we had to do something. So we’ve retooled our wine tasting this week to benefit those who are suffering and need your help NOW! Please spread the word so we can raise a bunch of $$$. ALL tasting fees and a portion of the day’s sales proceeds will be donated to JAPAN via ShelterBoxUSA.org.

$20 suggested tasting fee will be donated to ShelterBoxUSA.org.

Thursday 3/17 from 5:30-7:30pm.

Picnic has Facebook page for the event here.

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