Nick Saether spreading the preparedness message at Queen Anne Days on July 16.

Nick Saether spreading the preparedness message at Queen Anne Days on July 16.

The City of Seattle has asked neighborhoods to “Be Prepared” to survive for three days in a major disaster without 911, phones, Internet, power and other vital city services. Queen Anne’s Boy Scout Troop 72 has committed to keeping emergency lines of communications open between Queen Anne and Seattle’s Emergency Operations Center via two-way radios at the West Queen Anne Playfield Emergency Communications Radio Hub Site.

At May’s Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Troop 72 Eagle Scout and 2012 American Red Cross Hero Xander Beaumont presented Queen Anne’s Neighborhood Disaster Response Plan. Now Eagle Scout candidate Nick Saether has taken the baton to work with Queen Anne neighbors, businesses and organizations to “Be Prepared.”

Saether’s Eagle Scout project entails promoting a Magnolia-Interbay-Queen Anne Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Plan demonstration on Sunday, Aug. 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Magnolia-Queen Anne District Council Emergency Preparedness Committee (MQADC-EPC). 

Those interested may drop in for one hour and learn how to protect your families, neighbors, employees and customers. This demonstration will take place on the lawn at Bethany Presbyterian Church on Queen Anne Avenue North between Howe Street and Blaine Street.

One goal of this project is to recruit neighbors and businesses to partner with MQADC-EPC as Troop 72 has done, eventually staffing two additional Emergency Communications Hub Sites at Queen Anne Bowl and Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. In July, Saether addressed the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce about this demonstration and GQACC agreed to support the effort.

In addition, Upper Queen Anne Merchants are taking steps to help:

· Supporting Nick Saether’s effort by displaying posters 

· Learning about our Neighborhood Disaster Response Plan and how it relates to your employees and customers who may not be able to leave Queen Anne Hill in a major disaster by viewing the links below. 

· Participating for approximately one hour in a neighborhood disaster response drill on Sunday August 12 to help  Queen Anne “Be Prepared.”

For more information go to the MQADC-EPC Neighborhood Disaster Plan website: