Disaster: A catastrophe where:

  • Response and recovery are beyond the capability and capacity of local government
  • There is significant loss of life and destruction of infrastructure
  • The economy and social order are disrupted, with impacts that will be felt for years

Examples include:

District: One of thirteen areas of Seattle as defined by the City. Our district includes the neighborhoods of Magnolia, Interbay, and Queen Anne. You can find more information here, including a Map of the Boundaries.

Emergency: A disruptive event that, while problematic and requiring immediate response, has more limited consequences than a disaster does. An emergency:

  • Is within the capability and capacity of local government to address with existing resources
  • Involves limited loss of life and localized or limited damage to infrastructure
  • Does not involve long term consequences to economy and social order

Examples include:

FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency, an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security.

General Mobile Radio Service (GRMS): A licensed radio service operating at 460 MHz, intended for family, businesses, and community members to communicate within a city or region.

Hub Sites: Designated locations where communication and coordination occurs within a neighborhood. These locations are where you can seek help, bring problem reports, and volunteer skills, supplies, or equipment. It is also where radio operators communicate with other hub sites and where HAM radios are intended to operate. See locations and additional description here.

Lahar: A rapidly flowing mixture of rock debris and water that originates on the slopes of a volcano; also referred to as volcanic mudflows or debris flows. (USGS)

Liquefaction: A process by which water-saturated sediment temporarily loses strength and acts as a fluid, like when you wiggle your toes in the wet sand near the water at the beach. This effect can be caused by earthquake shaking. (USGS)

MIQA: The district that encompasses Magnolia, Interbay, and Queen Anne.

OEM: Office of Emergency Management (within this website, this acronym usually refers to the City of Seattle office).

Partner Organizations: Any organization that agrees to support MIQA disaster preparation and response and/or promote awareness of this cause prior to a disaster. All commerical, community, faith-based, social, Block Watch, SNAP, and other organizations are invited to help.

Potential Local Resource: Any organization that, prior to a disaster, commits its resources and assistance to MIQA disaster response and recovery (if possible).

SNAP: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare, a City of Seattle program encouraging and enabling households to be:

  • Individually prepared
  • Connected to their surrounding neighbors for mutual assistance in the event of an emergency.

Volunteer: Any individual that comes forward either before or after a disaster to help further the development and/or implementation of the MIQA Disaster Response Plan.