Monday, April 30, 2018

Thursday Emergency Preparedness Class Hosted By NEDC

Northeast District Council Seattle  (NEDC), a collection of almost 20 neighborhood associations in Northeast Seattle, including Laurelhurst, is having a special meeting on Thursday called "Personal and Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness – Are you getting ready?" from 7-9pm at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church.

The information says:
A local volunteer with the City of Seattle SNAP Program will present a program on how to organize our individual homes and how to organize our neighborhood blocks for emergencies.  
Learn about some of the efforts of area neighborhoods, what they are doing to get organized, and how you can participate or learn more.

The City website says about the SNAP program:

The City of Seattle has created the Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) program to help your neighborhood get organized. We encourage people to not only prepare themselves and their families, but to talk to their neighbors about how they will work together to make sure everyone in the neighborhood is safe and cared for.It introduces participants to basic information on personal and family preparedness, including how to develop a disaster plan and an emergency supply kit. In addition, this presentation provides guidance and tools for organizing with neighbors. Participants will become familiar with neighborhood response priorities and strategies for working together with neighbors to ensure an effective neighborhood response.

The Northeast District Council (NEDC), part of the City's Department of Neighborhoods Department, was established in 1987 and is one of 13 District Councils in Seattle.  The boundaries for the Districts were determined by neighbors from across the City.

Karen Ko, the City's Neighborhood North Region District Coordinator, told the Laurelhurst Blog Staff that the goals of the District Councils are: “Facilitating communication, creating partnerships between the City and its neighborhoods, strengthening and coordinating City departments’ responses to neighborhood problems and requests for help”. 

Karen added that Laurelhurst is one of the most active neighborhood associations and was one of the founding members of the District Council, and has been very active and influential in this organization. 

"Jeannie Hale (Laurelhurst Community Club President) produces one of the most complete and comprehensive announcement sheets, detailing events and issues in NE Seattle that she puts together every month for members who can then take this information back to their neighborhood-wide membership,"  Karen said.

The NE District founding members were: Belvedere Terrace Community Council, Hawthorne Hills Community Council, Laurelhurst Community Club, Matthews Beach Community Council, Montlake Community Club, Ravenna Bryant Community Association, Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, Roosevelt Neighbors Alliance, University District Community Council, University Park Community Club, Greater University Chamber of Commerce, View Ridge Community Club, Wedgwood Community Council.

Later the following organizations joined, Inverness Community Club, Inverness Park Homeowners Association, Ravenna Springs Community Council, Residents of Magnuson Park, Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce, Portage Bay Roanoke Park Community Council, and Windermere Corporation.

Montlake then joined the East District Council, the Inverness Homeowners Association became inactive, the Ravenna Springs Community Council no longer exits, the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce is now a committee of the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association and the Windermere Corporation is no longer an active member. 

For more information about NEDC go here and also their Facebook page.

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