GMVCC warming center
The Greater Maple Valley Community Center has made a major investment in our community preparedness through the purchase and installation of an emergency generator. This 130KW piece of equipment will allow the Community Center to continue to operate in the event of an emergency that results in a long term power outage. We will be able to provide shelter, heat, hot meals and support to our community during these times of upheaval.
Many thanks go to the amazing funders who have made our Emergency Generator Project a reality. The Employees Community Fund - Boeing Puget Sound provided the funds needed to purchase the generator. The team of Puget Sound Energy, the City of Maple Valley, Maple Valley Rotary, King County, Flynn Development and the Norman Archibald Foundation worked together to provide the resources needed to complete the installation of the generator.
For more information, please contact GMVCC Executive Director Mark Pursley or call 425-432-1272.
Are you ready for an emergency?
As an organization dedicated to the concept of community, our hearts ache for those impacted by the tragic events that continue to unfold in the Oso area of Snohomish County. Lives lost, homes destroyed, an entire community completely upended in ways no one thought possible.
Could we be faced with a similar situation here? Of course we could. Ice storms, flooding, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions. They've all happened here before and they will happen here again. The question is, how prepared will we be as individuals and as a community when the inevitable happens.
The Greater Maple Valley Community Center has made a major investment in our community preparedness through the purchase and installation of an emergency generator. This 130KW piece of equipment will allow the Community Center to continue to operate in the event of an emergency that results in a long term power outage. We will be able to provide shelter, heat, hot meals and support to our community during these times of upheaval. But we are only one facility in an area that is populated by thousands of people. And many of those people are relatively new residents to the community who may not have considered the differences in emergency response times and service levels found in urban vs. rural areas.
We should not be lulled into a false sense of security based on the emergency response to the Oso mudslide. The help that they have received has been amazing. The Federal government, the state, the county, the Red Cross, even Black Diamond's Soup Ladies have responded. But we must remember that this is a very localized emergency. In the event of a regional disaster, those same resources will be spread much wider and will focus first on the most populated areas. South King County will quite likely be very much on our own for a significant period of time.
Are you, your family and your business ready for a disaster? If not, now's the time to take some simple steps that will help to minimize the impact and speed the recovery process following a major emergency situation. Please visit the FEMA sites listed below to access some easily downloadable forms that will help you to prepare for a disaster.
- 30 Tips for Disaster Preparedness
- Emergency Supply List
- Family Communication Plan for Children
- Family Communication Plan for Adults
- Emergency Preparations for Older Americans
- Commuter Emergency Plan
- Costs associated with building a business disaster preparation plan
For more information, please contact Mark Pursley or call 425-432-1272.