Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Special Disaster Skills Class Tomorrow At Community Center

Tomorrow at 7pm, Laurelhurst Community Club's Laurelhurst Earthquake Action Preparedness (LEAP), a grassroots organization started by Laurelhurst residents, is holding a special event covering disaster skills at the Laurelhurst Community Center.

Information sent out by LCC said:
When a large disaster happens, first responders and other city services will be overwhelmed. Transportation may be disrupted and communication may be difficult. It is vital that city residents are prepared to be self-sufficient during these times.  
Having knowledge of some key disaster skills is a crucial part of that preparedness effort. This workshop covers the following topics: Fire Extinguisher Use, Utility Control, Water Storage and Purification, how to turn off your gas and Emergency Sanitation. 

The class will be taught by Matt Auflick, the education outreach coordinator for the Office of Emergency Management in Seattle.

John Temple, a Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) member started (LEAP) to educate neighbors on learning how to prepare households in the case of a large earthquake, when it hits what to do, how to get help, how to help others and how to get the neighborhood ready.

LEAP is also forming clusters and block captains to help in its mission to save lives, reduce injuries and strengthen the community’s resilience.  
LEAP Cluster Captains duties include organizing clusters, help with building a family disaster supplies kit and establishing an emergency plan with neighbor, including a designated meeting and distributes LEAP communications to neighbors.  

LEAP has divided the neighborhood into clusters which roughly align with blocks and consist of about 20 houses each. To find out your cluster information contact

John said:

Working together can be fun, getting to know your neighbors better and all. Where to evacuate to if necessary could be important, too. Neighbors help neighbors. The first days or weeks it will be up to all of us to be prepared. The day after a major earthquake is not the time to try to figure out how to survive in Laurelhurst. Once Laurelhurst is organized it will have less effort to maintain.  
LEAP is run by your neighborhood volunteers and we are working towards emergency communications, first responders, setting up triage areas, gathering places, community hubs and so much more. Everyone needs to understand how to organize their own household and where to help and get help when the big one hits.  
Support your neighborhood response team, LEAP. Sign up to be a block captain and/or provide vital information to allow LEAP to better support you and family and pets.  
Your Laurelhurst Community needs you to be prepared and understand how to get help. We want your families to be safe and ready to help others. Let's hope it never happens, but let's all be prepared if it does.
For more information go here.

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