Emergency preparedness for Eastlake

Please volunteer to help establish an Eastlake emergency hub, get training in emergency preparedness, or be an emergency ham radio or satellite telephone contact

The Eastlake Community Council is committed to making our neighborhood as safe from disasters and emergencies as can be. First priorities are for Eastlake to become an emergency hub and to have emergency communications in place for when land lines, cell phones, and the internet are down. Eastlake needs volunteers for emergency planning and preparedness. Please contact ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org about any of the volunteer opportunities below.

On why being a hub is so important, and to observe upcoming events in different hubs (see below about one on April 28), click here. Also, ECC invites doctors, nurses, and paramedics to join our confidential list to be contacted during a neighborhood-wide emergency. For how to get involved in Seattle’s volunteer emergency radio network, click here. For background about ham radio and how easy it is to learn and use, see the web site of the National Association for Amateur Radio by clicking here. If you already have a ham radio or a satellite phone, please let ECC know you are in the neighborhood so we can keep you in the loop.

Seattle’s Emergency Management Division is in the Police Department. Its web site can be reached by clicking here (phone number is 206-233-7123). On that web site you will find much useful background, including opportunities for free trainings on different topics. To help yourself and your family, your neighbors, your workplace, and the Eastlake neighborhood, please take one of these trainings and let ECC know that you did. We will give you the opportunity to engage your new skills and keep you informed about preparedness efforts in the neighborhood. Contact ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org.

What to do in an emergency

If you are aware of any fire, explosive risk, or crime that is about to occur, is in progress, or is very recent, please call 911 immediately. Additional phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and web sites can be found on this web site’s hot line page in column at right, which you can also reach by clicking here. Much useful background on emergency preparedness (and news and guidance in an actual emergency) is available on the City’s emergency management web site by clicking here. Many other web links are also provided there. Click here for the Seattle KCPQ TV channel 13 story on emergency preparedness that featured the Eastlake Community Council’s well-attended Nov. 10, 2015 public meeting.

Fire Department

Eastlake is fortunate to have nearby the important protections of brave Seattle Fire Department employees and their equipment at Fire Station 22, just east of I-5 at 901 E. Roanoke Street. If you know of a fire or the potential for explosion, call 911. Station 22 usually has an open house in February of each year. For the date, contact the Seattle City Customer Service Bureau at (206) 386-1234 or see the Eastlake Community Council web site’s calendar at the top of the column at right.

911 and (206) 625-5011

Our brave police officers are the first to say that they can’t do it alone. They urge you to call 911 right away if you see any law-breaking or expect it to occur imminently. Police can’t respond if you don’t alert them, and are more likely to patrol our neighborhood if there is a pattern of past calls to 911. Nothing is too small to report, and a crime need not have been committed. Calls can be anonymous, but it is best to give your name (you can ask that it be withheld from public disclosure). There is a record made of each call; if you plan to request the record, ask the call-taker for the event number. The 911 system has plenty of capacity, so you won’t compete with another call that you fear could be more urgent. The operators are professionals who know where to refer your call.

An alternative to 911 is the Police Department’s “non-emergency” number, (206) 625-5011 (then dial 2 and then 8 to reach a dispatcher). This is for questions about something suspicious occurring in your neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal activity; to report a non-emergency crime that did not just occur, and the suspects are not in the immediate area; or to report a nuisance, such as a noise or parking complaint. But please call one or the other number when you see suspected or actual law-breaking.

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