Joint Neighborhood Association Meeting – Emergency Preparedness

On Monday, November 2nd, we held a neighborhood meeting at Westridge. It was a joint meeting with the Blue Heron neighborhood. Our guest speaker, Jan Castle, presented on emergency preparedness to inform us on what to expect after the Really Big One – a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake.  The meeting was well attended with around 75 attendees.  About half were from the Westridge neighborhood and half were from Blue Heron.

Here is a link to Jan’s presentation for those who missed it: LINK COMING

In an effort to become more resilient as a neighborhood, we have started a group called Prep Westridge.


The group will have small monthly tasks to collectively prepare for an earthquake.  We will meet monthly to show and tell and to establish the following month’s tasks.  The group is open to any neighbors that want to participate. By preparing together, we can make the tasks seem smaller an less complicated so you don’t run out and spend a fortune at REI. Google Groups will be the primary source for communication, so please use the link to signup. It will allow us to send emails for upcoming events and for good group discussions like we had at the presentation by Jan Castle. You will not be SPAM’ed and it is not a public list. If you are a Gmail user, please check your “Forums” tab now and then because these group emails might be automatically organized for you in that folder. If you are anything like me, I do not pay attention that folder very often.  If you would like instructions on how to ensure you are getting these emails in your primary inbox, please feel free to ask me for assistance. You can sign up for the group here: 

You will see Prep LO updates on this website periodically.  The Prep LO is a “parent” of the Prep Westridge group and is designed to interact with the city and to establish standards for the neighborhood level groups like Prep Westridge.

Here were some of the resources that were handed out at the meeting:


Living on Shaky Groud (


Map Your Neighborhood (hard copies can be picked up at the first stations)


The Really Big One – The New Yorker

Much more resources will be shared among the members of the Prep Westridge group via email, so please join the Prep Westridge group (link above).