Free Prep Classes Happening in Ballard

Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.

Ballard West Woodland Ready Good NeighborAfter an earthquake, first responders may be overwhelmed and residents will be called on to assist those in their community.  This could include light search and rescue activities, or providing basic first aid.

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM) wants to help you prepare.  Below are a several FREE classes, hosted by OEM, and happening right here in Ballard.


Event #1: Disaster Book Club & Survival Class

“Join us for our March 2018 Disaster Book Club event! In February, we will read Cormac McCarthey’s Pulitzer Prize-winning post-apocalyptic novel, “The Road.”

We’ll be hosting a one-time only Apocalypse Survival Class. This class will feature:
– Assembling an apocalypse-proof bug out bag
– Emergency water purification methods (urban & wilderness)
– Constructing an emergency debris shelter (urban & wilderness)
– Constructing an emergency sanitation device (urban)
– Identifying edible plants in the area (urban)
– Basic orienteering skills (urban)

Due to distressing content, this novel is not recommended for children under the age 16.”

Date:  Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location:  Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW

Event #2:  Disaster Skills, Light Search & Rescue (RSVP Required)


This training provides an overview of light search and rescue skills and basic rescuer safety. When first responders are overwhelmed, residents may apply some of these techniques to help those around them in need.

This Workshop covers the following topics:
-Rescuer safety
-Basic search techniques
-Basic rescue techniques (lifts, carries,

Date:  Thursday, May 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location:  West Woodland Elementary School, 5601 4th Ave NW

Event #3:  Disaster Skills Workshop (RSVP Required)


This workshop provides training on key skills needed after a disaster and more in depth instruction on key preparedness actions.

This Workshop covers the following topics:
-Fire Extinguisher Use
-Utility Control
-Water Storage and Emergency

Date:  Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: 5:30 -7:30 pm
Location:  West Woodland Elementary School, 5601 4th Ave NW

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