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Purifying Water During Disaster Emergencies

Plan for one gallon (1 gallon = 4 quarts or ~4 liters or 128 oz or 16 eight-oz bottles) per person per day: Drink ½ gallon of water per day—more if you are in a hot climate, sick, or pregnant. Use the rest for hygiene. Only use water that has been
disinfected for drinking, cooking, making any prepared drink, washing dishes, and brushing teeth. Below are five ways of ridding the water of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. Water that has been contaminated with chemicals cannot be purified and should not be used.

ACCESS

1. Store 10-14 day supply of water, 1 gallon per person per day. Don’t forget water for pets. You can either:
 Store commercially bottled water and/or
 Store your own tap water
 Use 2-liter soda bottles. Rinse well in clean water. Do not use plastic jugs that have had milk or milk products in them.
 Fill with tap water. Date the bottle. Store the bottle.
 Keep for 6 months then repeat procedure.

2. Access water from your hot water heater. Now, before the disaster, make sure that the water heater is secured to the wall. If it falls, the water will be lost. (See separate handout on accessing water from the hot water heater.) A 40-
gallon hot water heater will supply a family of 4 for ~10 days.

PURIFY

3. Use bleach.(Parts of this section were adapted from the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA,
https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/emergency-disinfection-drinking-water)
 Another source of fresh water could be Lake Washington or Lake Union or Lake Sammamish. Water from rain barrels can also be used, although generally, flowing water is a better choice than still water. Do not use water
that is salty—from Puget Sound or the Pacific Ocean. Avoid grossly contaminated water.
 Disinfection does not work as well if water is cloudy or colored. If there are particles in the water, let the water sit for 30 minutes so particles can settle to the bottom. Next strain the water using a cloth or paper towel, or a coffee filter, or an article of clothing, like socks or hosiery, into a clean container.
 For each gallon of water, add chlorinated bleach (like Clorox), 8 drops of regular-strength bleach or 5 drops of concentrated bleach. Accurately measuring drops may be difficult without an eye dropper, so you can:
 Use a straw—put straw in bleach; cover end of straw with your thumb; remove straw from bleach; slowly release thumb so that individual drops fall and are collected into a separate container; add those drops of bleach to the water container. Note: The size of the straw may alter drop size.
 Use a 1/8 teaspoon measure: Fill the 1/8 teaspoon nearly full to equal 8 drops; fill it about half full to equal 5 drops. If your smallest measuring spoon is ¼ teaspoon, then estimate a half amount for directions for 1/8 teaspoon. (1 milliliter = 15 drops; 1 teaspoon = ~ 5 milliliters; 1 teaspoon = 75 drops; 1/8 teaspoon = ~9
drops).
 If you have neither straw nor measuring spoon, estimate as closely as you can and go by smell and taste.
 Allow treated water to stand for 30 minutes. Properly treated water has a slight chlorine odor. If there is no chlorine odor, add the same amount of bleach wait 15 minutes, and recheck for chlorine odor. If the chlorine taste is too strong, pour the water from one clean container to another and let it stand a few hours before use.

4. Use commercial products. Travel or outdoor recreation stores have iodine tablets, ultra-violet purifiers, pump- and gravity-filters, all of which would be useful in an emergency kit. Follow specific instructions for each.

5. Boil water if you have a power source. If the water is cloudy, or if there is particulate matter, filter it first. Bring to a rolling boil for at least one minute. Above 5,000 feet, boil the water for 3 minutes. Let water cool naturally and store
in clean, covered containers. To improve the flat taste of boiled water, add a pinch of salt, or pour it from clean-container to clean-container several times. (From https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinkingwater/emergency-disinfection-drinking-water)

Emergency Preparedness – Using Your Water Heater’s Water

ACCESSING WATER FROM YOUR WATER HEATER

Step 1: Ensure the water in the tank stays clean. If you haven’t already shut off
water to the house, do that now. If you can’t shut off water to the entire house, at
least close the valve that allows water to enter the water heater (the supply valve).
This will keep potentially contaminated water from sullying the water in your tank.

Step 2: Cut off power to the tank.
– ELECTRIC water heater: flip the breaker supplying electricity to the appliance.
Rationale… you’re going to drain the tank and you never want to run this appliance without water in it.
– GAS water heater: shut off the gas to the tank. Rationale… if you are eyeballing
your hot water tank for drinking water you probably can’t afford a hot shower.

Step 3: Allow the water to cool. This will take hours!

Step 4: Attach a hose. Near the bottom of the tank is the drain. Attach a washing
machine hose or garden hose to it. Do NOT open the valve yet!

Step 5: Break the vacuum. Water won’t come out of the tank until air is allowed
in. Disconnect the hot water line at the top of the tank. If you can’t get the line
off, turn on a hot water faucet in the house to allow air into the tank.

Step 6: Collect the water. Open the valve at the bottom of the tank and collect
the water in a clean storage container. The first few gallons may contain rust
and/or sediment. Let it settle before using it.

Step 7: Treat the water. Add bleach, stir, and let the water stand for 30 minutes.
– Regular bleach (5.25%) – add 8 drops per gallon.
– Concentrated bleach (8.25%) – add 5 drops per gallon.

** BEFORE disaster hits, mark the supply valve. Run the hot water from any sink.
Touch the two pipes attached to the top of the water heater. The “supply” line will
be the colder one. Mark the valve as “supply”. This will be the one to close in an
emergency so that contaminated water will not go into the tank as you drain the
clean drinking water that is stored in it.

**Allow the tank to fill completely before restoring power to the water heater.

Community Conversation on Emergency Preparedness

This is a short notice, but there will be another Community Conversation coming up tomorrow!

The Community Conversation will feature “Emergency Preparedness” hosted by Lake City Future First and the Lake City Emergency Communications Hub.

When: Wednesday. November 15, from 6:30-8pm
Where: Lake City Community Centre

They have a great evening of vital information and demonstrations in store for you. More information can be found here.

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for November 2017

This month’s guests told us about the SPD body-worn video program that is being rolled out. An informational flyer is here. And here is a FAQ sheet.

The minutes are here. Read them for news from the North Precinct, including crime statistics.

Seattle Youth Commission Opening!

Teens! The City of Seattle is looking for a student to serve on its Seattle Youth Commission (SYC). Youth serving on this commission of 15 get a unique opportunity to work with elected officials, city staff, community leaders, and young people citywide to make positive changes in their communities through policy, organizing, and events.

The commissioners meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at Seattle City Hall from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. and also serves on special committees based on interest. Commissioners serve a two-year term beginning this fall and ending in June 2019.

Interested applicants must live or go to school in Council District 5 and be between the ages of 13 – 19. To apply, visit www.seattle.gov/syc or complete this application and submit:

  • Via email: seattleyouthcommission@seattle.gov
  • Via postal mail: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, c/o Seattle Youth Commission, PO Box 94649, Seattle WA 98124-4649
  • In person: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, located in City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th floor

For questions, call Leslie Daniels at 256-5973.

Take Back Unwanted/Expired Drugs Ongoing

Safely dispose of the medicines you no longer need at a collection location listed on the following website.It’s easy and convenient and there is no cost to residents to use this service.

https://kingcountysecuremedicinereturn.org/seattle/

There are some places in Pinehurst!

Planting Party This Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 am

Well, the time has come – this Saturday, October 21, we’ll be planting the native plants we got from the Find It, Fix It grant at Pinehurst Pocket Park. It may be, um, a bit rainy, but we’ll be out there anyway, and we hope you can come, too. The plants have arrived and they are beautiful and healthy.

If you haven’t RSVPed to come help, you’re still welcome. Even if you can’t help us plant, please stop by to cheer us on; we’d love that. Or laugh at the water dripping from our noses and filling our shoes; we won’t even mind if you do that!

We’ll be starting at 10 am. The park is on the corner of NE 117th St and 19th Ave NE. If you have them, bring a shovel, rake and gloves. Or just bring yourself.

There will be snacks, of course. Come help us beautify our park! And thank you to the volunteers who already indicated you’re coming.

Get a Grant to Improve Walk/Bike to School Options for Kids

Have an idea for getting more kids to walk and bike to school? Maybe it’s getting crosswalk flags, starting a student safety patrol program, pulling together a Walk to School Day event (which you now have a full year to plan 😉), painting an intersection, or organizing a walking school bus or bike train program. Whatever your idea is (well, as long as it supports our overall goal of safety education and encouragement for walking/biking to school), SDOT can help you make it happen!

SDOT is currently accepting applications for its Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $1,000 to schools, PTAs, and community groups for education and encouragement programs for walking and biking to school. All public and private K-12 schools within the City of Seattle, PTAs, and other school-related nonprofit groups are eligible to apply. It’s a great way to support Seattle’s Vision Zero efforts to improve safety for all travelers! In 2016, SDOT awarded 24 Mini Grants to schools and community organizations serving public and private schools throughout Seattle.

How to apply
• Head to the Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Program page, where you can download the application or apply online
• You’ll also need to include a letter of support from the school principal (mailed or emailed by the application due date)

Completed applications are due on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, by 5 PM. SDOT will notify applicants of awards the first week of December 2017, and distribute funds in January 2018.

For more info, contact Ashley Rhead at ashley.rhead@seattle.gov.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements on 5th Ave NE

Late 2017/early 2018 SDOT is making safety enhancements on 5th Ave NE between NE 115th St and NE 127th St to reduce crashes and make it easier to walk and bike in the Pinehurst neighborhood. This Vision Zero spot improvement project is part of SDOT’s plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030.

The planned improvements include:

  • New painted parking lanes between NE 115th St and NE 127th St
  • New flashing beacon at NE 115th St
  • New painted curb bulb on NE 125th St
  • Bike box upgrades at NE 115th ST
  • Four-hour parking restriction removal, lighting improvements, and updated street signs and markings between NE 115th St and NE 127th St

SDOT is also installing new flashing crosswalk lights to warn drivers when a pedestrian is crossing at NE 115th St. With the new Hazel Wolf K-8 school now in session on Pinehurst Way NE, flashing crosswalk lights can improve the visibility of students walking and biking to school across this busy street.

During this work, expect temporary parking restrictions and detour routes for people biking and walking. SDOT will provide advanced notification to adjacent residents and businesses prior to construction starting.

If you have questions or comments about this transportation safety work, please contact Chris Svolopoulos at (206) 684-5312 or chris.svolopoulos@seattle.gov

Annual Public Safety Survey

Seattle University is administering the 3rd annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making our neighborhood safer and more secure.

The survey is accessible at http://publicsafetysurvey.org/index.html  from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Please circulate this information to friends, family, co-workers and community members and feel free to post the information on your social media. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.