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City needs Emergency Preparedness volunteers for District 3

Seattle wants you to help prepare your neighbors for emergencies and natural disasters. The city’s Office of Emergency Management is putting out a call for volunteer Emergency Preparedness Public Educators in each of the city’s seven City Council districts:

Are you interested in helping your neighborhood and the Seattle community prepare for disasters? We are looking for community members within the seven Seattle Council Districts to serve as Emergency Preparedness Educators with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Our volunteer educators are trained to provide emergency preparedness education to Seattle’s diverse community through presentations, tabling events, neighborhood meetings, and special events. On any given day, our volunteers may give a presentation in a living room, an office building, at a community center, a condo building, an assisted living facility, or a neighborhood council. We are looking for flexible individuals who know their neighborhoods well and share our passion for educating the community about the importance of emergency and disaster preparedness. Join our growing team!

The city is looking for two volunteers in each district.

Responsibilities include delivering “at least two emergency preparedness presentations and/or participate in two outreach events per month,” attending “regular volunteer training events and meetings,” distributing “emergency preparedness materials to the community,” and answering “preparedness questions” via phone calls or email.

It’s a pretty significant set of responsibilities for an unpaid role. You can learn more here (PDF).

The city, meanwhile, has launched its search for a new Director Office of Emergency Management. Current director Barb Graff is retiring next year. The city is looking for “a decisive, collaborative leader, whose decision-making engenders trust in those they serve.” The job pays between $102,000 and $169,000 per year.


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