An Emergency Preparedness Opportunity – but needs support and volunteers

Here’s an opportunity to help Greenwood prepare for emergencies…

Proposed Emergency Preparedness Grant: The staff at the Greenwood Boys & Girls Club are preparing an application for a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for Greenwood preparedness. The grant application seeks $25K to fund establishment of 2 neighborhood hubs in our extended neighborhood — places that could function as communication centers and house supplies during large scale emergencies. Having a hub would also provide focus to power other emergency preparedness activities in the neighborhood.

How you can help: Community participation is crucial to getting these grants, and volunteer time is credited towards the project as our neighborhood’s matching contribution for city funds. We need to demonstrate that volunteers time will be forthcoming. Several workshops and training activities will be needed to plan for the new hubs that you could volunteer to help or participate in – and these would also give you valuable skills, knowledge, and hopefully some fun and new friends.

The grant deadline is next week – Oct. 7 – so your pledge of volunteer time is needed right away to help get the grant funded.

To pledge volunteer hours: Send an email to Joan at the Greenwood Boys and Girls Club by clicking here, or call her at 436-1851. Tell her your name, address and phone, plus the number of hours you would be willing to donate over the coming year. Five hours per 2014 month could equate to $1200 in matching funds from the city, but any amount will help. If the grant is funded, a volunteer will contact you to arrange for a volunteer activity that fits your schedule and interests. Also please pass this message along to others you know who might be interested. If you are willing to write a letter from you or a group/organization you belong to, contact the North Seattle Boys and Girl’s Club at (206) 436-1850.

For more information:

  • For information about Neighborhood Matching Fund and other city grants, click here.
  • For more about the City’s Seattle! Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) program, click here.
  • To stay connected with Greenwood neighbors interested in emergency preparedness, join the Greenwood Preparedness yahoo group.  Click here to send an email to subscribe.  Subscribing will be another way to demonstrate neighborhood support for this effort.

(I’ve sent this to the Greenwood News, Greenwood Preparedness and Greenwood Community Council lists – so apologies if you received it more than once.)

SDOT Meeting Tonight on Proposed Fremont Ave. Improvements

SDOT is having an open house this evening between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Boys and Girl’s Club on proposed improvements to Fremont Ave. N.  An announcement for the meeting is here. The Boys and Girls Club is at 8635 Fremont Ave. N.

There is a competing proposal you should know about to continue the Interurban Trail that now connects from 105th up to Lynnwood using the old Interurban/City Light right of way. The right-of-way still exists south of 105th a half block from Fremont, and could be a better option for walking and biking if funding could be found to implement it. The proposal to extend the trail on the Interurban right of way is here.

My apologies for the last minute notice on this – just learned about the meeting today.

Next Thursday: Walk with GCC beyond where the sidewalk ends [UPDATED]

UPDATE:  Due to rain this event will be rescheduled for a different night – watch for a new date and time soon.

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The state of Greenwood Ave north of 90th is of great concern for many Greenwood residents. The lack of sidewalks, sufficient lighting and a busy arterial create an unsafe atmosphere for pedestrians. To shed light on this issue, the Greenwood Community Council (GCC) invites individuals to join us on a Greenwood Ave walk and adventure beyond where the sidewalk ends.

Purpose: To document the experience of walking Greenwood Ave north of 90th in the evening. Documentation of this experience will be used to generate awareness of the conditions pedestrians face on north Greenwood Ave.

Who: We invite any concerned residents, employees, employers and local city officials to join the GCC on this walk.

When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20th

Where: Meet at Naked City Taphouse at 8510 Greenwood Ave N at 8:30 p.m. Leave Naked City at 9 p.m., travel north to 105th St., then return.

GCC May Meeting on Walking and Biking in Greenwood

Greenwood Community Council
May Meeting
7:00 PM Tuesday May 21
Greenwood Public Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N

Topic: Improving Greenwood for Walking and Biking

Agenda:

• 7:00 – Welcome and Introductions

• 7:05 – Round robin updates and announcements

• 7:15 – Discussion: what is the experience of walking and biking around Greenwood?

• 7:45 – Short presentations on specific projects/proposals

• 8:15 – (Separate topic): Presentation on proposed project at 1st NW and NW 85th (Pizza Hut)

• 8:30 – Adjourn

This meeting will provide an open forum about pedestrian and biking and how to improve the experience of walking and biking in our neighborhood.  We are also inviting people who have specific proposals or agendas to make brief presentations.

We’ve also been asked by the developers of a proposed project at the old Pizza Hut site across from Fred Meyer for an opportunity to share their thinking and get your feedback.  They are still at the planning stage, when new ideas can be incorporated.

The Greenwood Community Council usually meets on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months at 7PM in the Greenwood Library.

Greenwood Community Council meeting next Tuesday on the Town Center

Greenwood Community Council
March Meeting

7:00 PM Tuesday March 19
Greenwood Public Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N

Topic: Looking Back-and Forward-on the Greenwood Town Center Plan
and also A report from the 2013 legislative session by Rep. Gael Tarleton

Agenda:
7:00 – Welcome and Introductions
7:05 – Panel Discussion on the Town Center, including:

    • Councilmember Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council
    • Gary Brunt, Greenwood Shopping Center and
    • Scott Nolte, Taproot Theatre
    • Matt Anderson, Heartland LLC

8:05 – Report from the Legislature

    • Rep. Gael Tarleton, 36th District

8:30 – Adjourn

Eight years ago the Greenwood Community Council joined with the (former) Phinney-Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, representatives from city departments, the Greenwood Shopping Center and Fred Meyer to develop a plan for Greenwood’s Town Center. It was a pro-active approach by the Community Council to develop a vision for new development, and the focus was on things that would make the Town Center more active and pedestrian-friendly, uniting the pedestrian downtown with the more car-friendly shopping center. Consultants were hired to look at the mix of businesses that could be attracted to the area, the urban form and transportation system, and their work was discussed in large public forums. The plan called for new design guidelines (since adopted), mixed use development on the shopping center site, and a walkway or street connection between downtown and the shopping center among other things.

The new Fred Meyer is completed, the first stages of Piper Village are done, a new street connecting Greenwood and the shopping center is shaping up, and the Taproot is getting ready to construct their theatre expansion. So the questions for this meeting is: What still needs to be done to make the Town Center active, walkable and economically healthy? How can the Fred Meyer be an anchor for activity throughout the Town Center that results in a better downtown Greenwood?

The Greenwood Community Council usually meets on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months at 7PM in the Greenwood Library.

Agenda for January 15, 2013 GCC Meeting

Below is an agenda for the next Greenwood Community Council (GCC) meeting, happening at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, at the Greenwood Branch of the Seattle Public Library— 8016 Greenwood Ave. N

We’ll discuss Emergency & Crime Preparedness during January’s meeting. Please join us and share your input on this topic!

Agenda

  • The current state of emergency and crime preparedness in Greenwood and neighboring communities
  • What can be done about it and other next steps

 

Guest Speakers

  • Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police Department, Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Penny Fulmer / David Gordon, Seattle Police Department, Community Policing
  • James Manning, Seattle Police Department, Community Outreach
  • Tracy Connelly, Seattle Office Of Emergency Management, Community Planning Coordinator

 

The Greenwood Preparedness Action Network wants YOU!

Agenda – January 15, 2013:
Preparedness: A Call To Arms.

The Greenwood Preparedness Action Network wants YOU!

The Greenwood Community Council will be hosting a “call to arms” on January 15, 2013 for those interested in participating in a Greenwood Preparedness Action Network to spread

individual, block, & neighborhood

Emergency/Crime Preparedness throughout Greenwood.

What can be done?

Preparedness has several levels, none of which is a replacement for another, and each takes work.

Your Neighborhood — (when at your residence or business).
Your Block — (when at your residence or business).
Yourself — (when at your residence and when traveling).

Many neighborhoods in Seattle have advanced noticeably farther than Greenwood regarding preparedness.

Many neighborhoods have networked their blocks via block captains.

Some of the blocks had been “block watch” blocks, others had been “SNAP” preparedness blocks… Regardless, they were blocks that had organized themselves to some extent.

These block captains convened to map the status of the neighborhood’s blocks, creating a network of communication between the organized block captains and identifying the unorganized blocks as a result. This exercise has resulted in more blocks getting organized (prepared).

These networks have also taken on the task of aiding preparedness at the individual level and preparedness at the neighborhood level and have established hubs, which aid the dispersal of information and such in a big emergency.

This is “Emergency/Crime Preparedness“.

Both “emergency” and “crime” are addressed together here under the umbrella of
“Emergency/Crime Preparedness” or
“Preparedness”.

Preparedness is being ready for emerging situations. These situations can range from the arrival of a criminal to the simultaneous arrival of a blizzard and an earthquake.
Modifying a wall to reduce its chance of collapse during an earthquake and modifying a door to reduce its chance of collapse during an attempted break-in are similar and acts of individual preparedness.
Informing your neighbor of your whereabouts in the event of a suspicious noise and informing your neighbor of your whereabouts in the event of a suspicious smoke are similar and acts of block preparedness.

The team is, wants, and needs, YOU.

On a unified team, there are many ways to participate. There is a task to match any interest…

but driving this task forward will take many drivers.
If too few drivers come forward,
then instead of asking them to each make an unreasonable effort,
the reasonable thing will be to abandon the effort.

SO,

while many like the idea of the neighborhood being prepared,
the question at hand is,
how many are willing to help drive?

There are a great many examples for Greenwood to borrow from, but nothing happens without effort.

The aim of the 15 January meeting is to either launch the program or to declare that there is not the critical mass to do it. It will be very clear that volunteering is contingent on there being critical mass. No one will be asked to carry an unreasonable load.

It can now be Greenwood’s turn.

Ready to take unified action?

See you…

(Tuesday) January 15, 2013 @ 7pm. (3rd Tuesday)
@ 8016 Greenwood Avenue N (Greenwood Public Library).

[Additional details to be provided via this webpage as the date approaches.]

NOTE:
Greenwood Community Council general meetings occur on the 3rd Tuesday of odd numbered months.
For more information, contact any board member listed @ http://www.GreenwoodCommunityCouncil.org

Upcoming GCC Meeting Schedule

The Greenwood Community Council meets regularly on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months.  Unless noted, all meetings are at 7PM at the Greenwood Library, at 8016 Greenwood Avenue N.

This upcoming meeting schedule is subject to change. Please check back with this site to review schedule updates and join the email list to receive updates via email.  You can also receive notices about Community Council issues and events (along with other community announcements) by joining the Greenwood News email list.  To join, send email to Greenwood_News-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Other Upcoming Meetings:

  • 15 January 2013
  • 19 March 2013