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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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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PhinneyWood Hub Drill on Wednesday at Phinney Center

September 15th, 2015 by Doree

The PhinneyWood Hub, one of many Hubs around the city that may be activated in the event of a disaster, is holding a drill from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

You can register online for the drill as a participant or observer.

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