How MIQA Will Respond: After a Disaster
Disaster Response Plan for the Magnolia-Interbay-Queen Anne BePrepared
Our mission is to create a comprehensive plan for disaster preparedness and response at the district level and to communicate that plan in our Magnolia-Interbay-Queen Anne BePrepared.
MIQA Community Plan
MIQA, or parts of it, may be isolated. Utilities may be severed. Normal lines of communication may be disabled. Businesses may be closed. Supplies, food, and water may be lacking. Buildings may have sustained extensive damage. Individuals may have suffered serious injuries.
Our Magnolia Interbay Queen Anne has a Disaster Response Plan. This plan helps MIQA residents and businesses be more self-sufficient after a disaster and until the City can respond. It depends on Partner Organizations, Volunteers, and Local Resources, and more of each are needed.
The goals of the plan are:
- To help residents prepare and,
- To create the green level on the preparedness pyramid would complement, but not be a substitute, for the lower levels of the pyramid.
The green level is entirely dependent on resident volunteers.
What are the key components of the Plan?
- Hub Sites where communication and coordination will occur
- Radio Communications between hub sites and city emergency services
- Volunteers to staff the hub sites.
- Community support
- what is a hub site?
- west magnolia playfield
- magnolia manor park
- magnolia manor discussion
- west queen PlayFIeld
- Radio Communications
- vessel owners and operators
- Hub operations and roles
- Seattle community hubs
Our Disaster Response Plan depends completely on volunteers for its success. Partner Organizations, Potential Local Resources, and individual volunteers are needed before and after a disaster. Please consider how you can help.
Prior to an event:
- support MIQA disaster preparation and response
- raise awareness of MIQA disaster preparation and response
- encourage preparedness and volunteering
Partner Organizations can include all commercial, community, faith-based, social, Block Watch, SNAP, and other organizations.
Potential Local Resources
Prior to a disaster:
- commit resources and assistance to MIQA disaster response and recovery
After an event:
- contribute resources and assistance to MIQA disaster response and recovery, if possible at that time
Resources could include:
- personnel / skills
- food / water
- materiel / equipment
Opportunities to contribute include:
- developing the MIQA disaster response plan
- performing community outreach
- staffing hub sites*
- providing supplies to sustain a hub site
- serving as a radio operator at a hub site*
- participating in community preparedness efforts (e.g. SNAP)
- providing relevant specialized skills, such as
- Search and Rescue
- Medical or First Aid
- Damage Assessment
- Computer Skills
* indicates periodic training exercises
Our ability to plan and to prepare effectively largely depends on early identification of volunteers and practicing as a team. It will greatly improve the quality and speed of our recovery from a disaster.
Please let us know of your interest in volunteering by forwarding a completed Volunteer Form.
Note: It is impossible to know whether you will be present and able to assist following a disaster, so any commitment that you make to volunteer in support of recovery efforts is, of course, not binding. Please let us know if you're interested so that you can receive updated information on how to help if you are able at the time.
What is a Hub Site?
The Plan begins with two operational hub sites with the goal of expanding to eight in the Magnolia Queen Anne District.
The purpose of the Hub Sites is to provide a safe place to:
- allow public gathering after a disaster
- report problems and seek help for issues that you and your neighbors can not manage
- volunteer skills, supplies and equipment to help others
- communicate by radio with other Hub Sites and the City, if possible
- have resources matched and dispatched to reported needs, as available
Where are Hub Sites located?
All of the Hub Sites are out doors. Click on the Magnolia Queen Anne District Map to see the locations in all three neighborhoods. To learn more a specific Hub Site click on the name of the particular Hub Site below.
- West Magnolia Play Field
- Magnolia Manor Park - Pending Discussion Not Active 10/31/2014.
- West Queen Anne Play Field
Who activates and supports Hub Sites, and when?
The reality of Hub Sites is, a disaster can occur at any hour, any season, any weather condition and affect what is needed at a Hub Site
- Hub Sites activate after a disaster when all other means of communications are non-functional
- Volunteers activate, staff and support Hub Sites along with volunteer GMRS radio operators
- The goal is to staff Hub Sites 24 hours per day for the duration of the disaster recovery or until City Emergency Services are effective
For more information about the specific Hub Sites, click on the name of Hub Site nearest to you.
What will happen at a Hub Site?
- Volunteers will take a grab bag of supplies to the Hub Site and set up, as soon as possible after a disaster
- Volunteer radio operators will communicate with other Hub Sites
- Volunteers will receive and document reports on needs, and update reports
- Volunteered services, materials and/or equipment, when available, will be dispatched to help with needs
- If available, HAM radio operators will relay condition reports to the City Emergency Operations Center
What consideration was used for selection of Hub Site locations?
- Sufficient but limited number of sites to cover the geographic area of Magnolia, Queen Anne and Interbay
- Natural outside gathering spots within the neighborhoods
- Space for a large number of people and equipment
- Space for possibility of air rescue
- Not slide prone or liquefiable soil
- Uniform distribution throughout neighborhood
- Ability to leverage other resources in the immediate area
S P E C I A L N O T E:
The Disaster Response Plan is totally dependent on volunteers.
Please send us a completed volunteer form and you will be contacted.
Location: 32nd Ave W and W Smith St, east of the tennis courts
West Magnolia Park View
West Magnolia Play Field Aerial
Location: 3500 28th Ave W, at W Grover St
Magnolia Park Aerial
Magnolia Manor Park
Magnolia | Queen Anne | Interbay Neighborhoods
comments for 2010/2011 redesign of the park
Seattle Office of Emergency Management
MIQA has been working for over five years to lay the foundation for a 100% citizen volunteer-based Disaster Response Plan in the District. Volunteers, radios for in-District & District-City communications and Hub Sites known beforehand as communication points are the core of this Response Plan.
The mission of the Emergency Preparedness Committee and intention of their Disaster Response Plan is to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters on the community through planning, information-sharing and volunteer resource management, to work with Partner Organizations, Potential Local Resources and Volunteers and to participate with and support City service and those of other emergency services agencies.
MIQA Magnolia Interbay Queen Anne BePrepared that focuses primarily on the geographic area it represents. One of these decisions was their approval of the criteria for selecting Hub Sites, and their proposed locations. The criteria ,which were reported to the District Council, included 1) an outdoor site, geographic distribution throughout the Magnolia Interbay Queen Anne District, and 3) being a natural gathering spot in the neighborhood. The criteria were used to identify eight possible Hub locations (including Magnolia Manor Park which was added following a presentation to the Magnolia Community Club) in the Magnolia, Queen Anne and Interbay communities which the District Council then approved. This approval was then used to develop outreach materials (brochures and website) to educate the community on the location of each Hub.
City Staff supporting MIQA representatives from the Office of Emergency Management, Department of Neighborhoods and Park’s.
The City Council provided $21,000 funding ($7,000 per organization) in their 2009 budget to pilot the emergency preparedness efforts in Magnolia/Queen Anne/Interbay, West/Southwest, and Wallingford. This funding was used by each community group for equipping Hub Sites and community outreach/education about the location and role of each of the Hubs. The outreach materials developed by MIQA include the printing of 9,000 brochures for the Magnolia community with maps of the designated and approved Hub Sites. Magnolia Manor Park is shown on all of the outreach materials (brochures, website and maps showing Hub Site Locations). In June of this year the Council’s Regional Development and Sustainability Committee received a briefing by the three community groups and OEM on their accomplishments as a result of the Council funding.
Hub Site Minimum Requirements
Space needs for public education and training purposes BEFORE a disaster occurs are different than those needed during a real activation. Education and training exercises (each being 3 to 8 hours in length) are anticipated four times per year which includes two coordinated exercises between the EOC, various city departments, neighborhood Hub Sites and area hospitals. Education and training facilities include:
1.) 10' x 10' tent for HAM radio operators
2.) 10’ x 10’ tent for HAM radio antennas & equipment
3.) 10’ x 10’ tent for a GMRS radio operator and a message recorder
4.) A receiving area for walk-on people and message intake.
These facilities need to be separated by adequate space to reduce noise interference and overlapping conversations and overlapping radio communications. The minimum set apart distance between tents is probably +/-15 feet. The total area Hub Sites in Education/Training mode is +/-2,500 -3,000 sf. Space needs to be open, relatively flat and located somewhat close to the street. This space can be incorporated within a “general use” area of a park but should not be within a child’s play area.
In a real activation space requirements will include Core Functions and Auxiliary Functions. The space needs for Core Functions remain pretty constant but the Auxiliary Function could vary dramatically depending on the type and location of the event and duration that the Hub Sites are needed. It is assumed Hub Sites will be staffed 24/7 while activated.
The Office of Emergency Management is currently working on documentation with the Park’s Department that will acknowledge and incorporate the legitimacy of the use of Parks as Hubs sites as designated by the community.
Emergency Response Equipment Located at Magnolia Manor Park
The City’s Auxiliary Communications Services (Ham Radios) program which supports the City’s Emergency Operations Center currently has crucial radio communications equipment located within the secured area of the Park. This includes radio antennas and repeaters for the Ham Radio Network. This location also includes a repeater for the GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) which supports the Hub Sites in Magnolia, Queen Anne, Interbay, Fremont and Wallingford.
As outlined above the role of the MIQA in developing an emergency/preparedness plan for the community has been recognized by the City Council, the Office of Emergency Management and the Park’s Department. Magnolia Manor Park was included as a Hub site at the request of the District Council and has been promoted as such to the community. The designation of a Park as a Hub site is a legitimate use of the Park and should be incorporated within the general use plans of the Park. MIQA involvement in the Design Review is to ensure that this legitimacy is not overlooked and that there is open space within the design to support the identified needs of the Hub.
Location: 150 W Blaine St, at 1st Ave W, south of the Queen Anne Community Center
West QA Play Field
West QA Play Field Aerial
What are the modes of radio communication?
- General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS): provide communications among the eight hub sites
- HAM radios: when deployed by the City's Emergency Operations Center, provide main communication between the hub sites and the City
Who makes the radio plan work?
You guessed it: volunteers!
- train and practice with other volunteer GMRS radio operators and with members of the HAM radio community during District and citywide radio drills
- self-deploy to one of the Hub Sites when they are activated
- hold a GMRS radio license and a radio for 5 years
- help receive reports
- help dispatch the services or volunteers to provide assistance
how can i find out more about our radio operations?
If you would like to volunteer to be a GMRS radio operator, please complete and forward a Volunteer Form. Send all other inquiries via a Contact Form. A member of the Emergency Preparedness Committee will respond as soon as possible.
More information about GMRS radios and their use may be found at the following websites:
As a vessel owner or operator, you may be able to provide critical assistance immediately following a local disaster. Consider how you may be able to help with:
- Emergency transportation
- Emergency communication
- Emergency medical skills
- Temporary shelter
- Essential supplies (e.g. first aid supplies, food/water, generator power, light tools, etc)
An area on the west wall of Fishermen's Terminal is one of the eight designated hub sites in MIQA where residents may gather to set up communications and assist each other.
Be aware that a local disaster may create new hazards for vessels. Take special precautions:
- Assess your personal situation and that of shipmates
- Monitor VHF channel 16 to communicate with Coast Guard. Monitor VHF channel 17 to communicate with Fishermen's Terminal
- Vessels with AM radios should turn to KIRO AM 710
- In event of an earthquake or a tsunami, piles, piers, and overwater structures may collapse, move, or lose their structural integrity. Piers and overwater structures may have become unsafe. Stay off them until they have been verified to be safe for use
- Mooring lines may snap and vessels may break loose from their moorings
- Falling timbers and debris and sinking objects and structures may create new hazards to navigation in the waterways
- Fittings and hoses may break or loosen, increasing the danger of flooding and/or spills
- If an earthquake or tsunami has occurred, the gates of the Ballard Locks may open, creating new and different currents inside the Ship Canal and Lake Union
Make a plan with your crew now about how you will work together in the event of different disaster scenarios.
These videos were recorded and produced in February 2012 by Wallingford’s Hub Coordinator, Mary Heim, from Cimira Studios. The presenters are from the West Seattle Be Prepared, and from Broadview Prepares.
Communication Hub Manager
Communication Hub Greeter
Message Intake Hub Role
Communication Hub Message Manager
Communication Hub Radio Operator
SEATTLE COMMUNITY HUBS
Please click the map link for locations of Hubs throughout Seattle, and click on the link for your neighborhood for more specific information regarding Hubs local to you.
Mission Statement – Emergency Communications Hubs
Prior to a disaster, the hub's responsibility is to aid the City of Seattle in encouraging citizens to be individually and collectively prepared for any disaster. By prior planning, preparation, and practice, volunteer citizens will have the capacity to activate, as soon as possible after a disaster, a network of pre-located neighborhood emergency communications hub sites.
In a disaster, the hub sites will:
1 - Collect information on local situations, needs, and resources.
2 - Relay information between hub sites, and to and from the City of Seattle's Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
3 - Assist in allocation of resources provided by neighborhood residents to needs of neighborhood residents.
The hub mission is accomplished SOLELY through community volunteers.