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Last winter's storms serve as wake-up call
Mirror staff reports
Federal Way agreed May 18 during a public meeting to assist community members and leaders in securing a generator and emergency preparedness assistance for South King County.
More than 75 people representing Sound Alliance, a broad-based organization of religion, education, labor and nonprofit institutions in King, Pierce and Thurston counties, as well as South King County institutions made their case for the generator and preparedness assistance by calling attention to the fact that the South King County area is heavily wooded and features above-ground electrical wiring.
The group expressed concerns that in a major emergency, such as this past winters power outages, South King County would not receive an equal amount of attention and help as North King County.
Some in attendance worried that with the diverse population in South King County, many immigrant families who were not fluent in English and did not understand safe ways to maintain heat in their homes would be at an unsafe disadvantage in a major emergency. They expressed that emergency preparedness assistance and a heated haven would help eliminate the dangers for this population.
The group requested a generator be placed at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 30525 8th Ave. S. in Federal Way.
Greg Vicars, a Sound Alliance leader and parish member, said those who attend the church prayed for victims during the prior winters power outages, but realized that prayer was not enough and action needed to be taken.
Ray Gross, Federal Ways Emergency Management Coordinator, along with Renton Fire Chief David Daniels responded positively to the requests at the meeting. Daniels agreed to provide Sound Alliance leaders training in emergency preparedness, and Gross agreed to take on the process of providing a generator for St. Vincent de Paul Parish.
To learn more about Sound Alliance, call (253) 520-2501 or visit www.soundorganizing.org. Keisha Krumm, organizer can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.