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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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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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Phinney Hub meeting March 9 will focus on disaster preparedness

March 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Phinney Hub aims to help neighbors be prepared. The March 9 meeting will focus on making sure your household is prepared for the effects of a major earthquake or other disaster.

We will have an expert presenter to give you information and answer your questions. Kelly Kasper of HT2 Consulting worked at the American Red Cross for 10 years delivering disaster preparedness and business continuity services. She is a professional “Disaster Geek” (her words!) who can help us understand and respond to the hazards that we face in our neighborhood.

Kelly will make a 20-minute presentation, followed by a 40-minute question-and-answer session. If you want to know what to do and how to do it, this is your chance to find out!

Phinney Hub will meet from 7:30-8:45 p.m. on Monday, March 9, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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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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Phinney Hub neighborhood group to practice earthquake response on Feb. 9

January 27th, 2015 by Doree

A new neighborhood group called Phinney Hub is hosting “The Disaster Games” on Feb. 9 to help neighbors practice earthquake responses. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 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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