Seattle Emergency Management

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The Queen Anne - Magnolia
Emergency Planning Committee

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Mission Statement:

Our mission is to create a comprehensive plan for disaster preparedness and response at the district level and to communicate that plan to our Queen Anne Magnolia District.

The Queen Anne–Magnolia Emergency Planning Committee was formed at the Request of the Queen Anne Magnolia District Council and Seattle Emergency Management to help our two neighborhoods in the event of an emergency (such as power outages or earthquake), to be self–sufficient for up to 7 days.

We have been asked to devise a Second Tier Plan.

First Tier planning is the planning that individuals, households, schools, and businesses do.

Individuals and families plan and prepare by storing water, food, and supplies that they will need to live for 3 to 5 days without utilities. Ideally, everyone in the family will have an out of state contact number to call to check in. When local telephone service is down, it is often still posible to make long distance calls from a land-line.

If people are adequately prepared, they will carry emergency supplies in their cars at all times, and have an emergency kit at work. They may have formed a SNAP group in their neighborhood. They may be trained in First Aid and CPR, Search and Rescue, and how to make sure a dwelling is structurally safe.

Businesses with employees should have a disaster plan to keep their workers and business safe. Many businesses are required to do this by their insurers. This category would also include day cares and nursing homes. They need to have adequate supplies and an emergency strategy.

Schools are required to have emergency plans to protect the students. Most schools have some supplies stored, and have communicated the school’s emergency strategy to parents. These are what we call First Tier Plans.

A First Tier plan is a "must have". It is the responsibility of the public to prepare themselves in this way. Public agencies cannot practically provide supplies for private households or businesses. They can only encourage preparedness and provide information and outreach.

After a disaster, highly organized volunteer agencies such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army step in to provide shelter and supplies as city, state, and federal government and private and public utilities struggle to restore service.

Some individuals, churches or neighborhood groups provide shelter, supplies, and medical services to those in need on an ad hoc basis after a disaster. However, this is not something that can be planned in detail or set up ahead of time, because the structural safety of potential shelters, and other issues come into question after a disaster. For instance, although the Red Cross designates certain buildings as potential shelter sites, the Red Cross and Seattle Emergency Management will not decide where the shelters will be set up until they have assessed the disaster area.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants cannot be required to open for business. With no power, it may be impossible to pump gas. Private vessels cannot be required to transport passengers. Businesses will be worried about their financial losses. They may open, and they may donate free services, but we cannot plan to have these available.

Therefore, the committee has assembled a practical, cost-effective, and sustainable Second Tier Plan for the Queen Anne-Magnolia District that meets several primary needs and creates an ongoing dialogue between citizens and their local government.

Please download and read our plan. We will be holding community meetings to discuss the plan and hear your thoughts and ideas.

Contact the QA - Magnolia Planning Committee at... info at SeattleDisaster dot org