The Queen Anne Block Watch Captains Network is organizing a comprehensive Urban Survival Skills Fair to help educate neighbors on how to prepare for and work together during a major disaster.

Resident Paula Mueller said she’d seen notices for various emergency preparedness events previously, such as how to Stop the Bleed or make your own toilets.

“What I noticed for most of the courses being offered is they tended to be away from Queen Anne,” she said.

Frank Gaul with the Magnolia Interbay Queen Anne Disaster Response group introduced Mueller to Ann Forrest, a retired Navy nurse, Stop the Bleed trainer and head of the Northeast Hub Caps group, who had organized a survival skills fair in Meadowbrook last spring.

Forrest did so using a Department of Neighborhoods grant, and so Mueller learned the process and applied for a Small Sparks grant.

“There have been a lot of people who have been super helpful in helping me get this together and navigating the grant process,” she said.

With that funding now in place, the Urban Survival Skills Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W.

There will be multiple educational stations set up in the gymnasium covering 18 topics related to emergency preparedness, with support also coming from the Queen Anne Community Council and chamber of commerce. QACC Safety Committee chair Bob Kettle is helping with the event.

Topics covered include Stop the Bleed, personal, community and family disaster preparedness, helpful smartphone apps, emergency disinfection of drinking water, how to make toilets when water isn’t running, and taking care of pets during a natural disaster.

Part of the grant funds are being used to acquire supplies for emergency toilet kits from Five Corners Hardware in Queen Anne, which will be part of a demonstration and giveaway of 200 units during the fair on a first-come basis.

“Right now, the plan is to have 200 of those, so that’s quite a lot,” Mueller said, “and that was our biggest expense.”

All the Best will have staff on hand during the fair to provide education to pet owners on how to care for their animals during a natural disaster.

Mueller said she also hopes to have representatives from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and Red Cross stationed at the November event.

While a major earthquake is expected to strike the Pacific Northwest sometime in the next few decades, Mueller said the fair will also prepare people for smaller emergencies, such as a crippling snowstorm like what occurred in February.

The Urban Survival Skills Fair is expected to be a jumping off point, Mueller said, with more courses like Stop the Bleed to be offered at the Queen Anne Community Center in the future.

Those wishing to attend the Queen Anne Urban Survival Skills Fair can register for the free event here. Anyone wanting to volunteer can contact Mueller at