More opportunities to get prepared for an emergency

Damage caused by a 6.8 earthquake to the building which now houses Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. photo from

The EBCA has been posting  announcements over the last few years with information on how to be prepared for an emergency, either an earthquake, an extended power outage or even a zombie apocalypse, because you just never know, right?

It’s been pretty quiet in Seattle since the big 6.8 Nisqually quake in 2001 and perhaps you’ve become a bit complacent or just see preparing as a lot of work for something you may never need.  I’ve been somewhat in that camp, and so has my family in Southern California who are now feeling the after-effects of last night’s 5.1 La Habra quake. Luckily everyone’s fine, the power wasn’t off for too long,  and property damage was not too great, but it’s a reminder that the quake could have been worse and that there were opportunities to be better prepared.

So, what better time than right now, to start getting prepared? Here are some resources to help get you started: – SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) info and classes – great brochure on preparedness
Pierce County Bucket List (especially for those in apartments)

We, in East Ballard, are lucky to have Linda Frank in our neighborhood, who is a tireless advocate for our community to get prepared and is a valuable resource to help you organize your block, find classes for you to take and get you involved with the Ballard Neighborhood HUB at Gilman Playground.

If you’re interested in organizing your block taking a class or participating in the May 17th drill at Gilman Playground, please contact Linda at  206-778-3350 or  She’d loved to hear from you!