Officials, Mercer Islanders prepare for emergency drill

It's no secret that Mercer Island is a unique place to live; however, many Islanders may not realize how uniquely dangerous life on the rock may be if — and when — disaster strikes.

Most city officials and emergency personnel live on the mainland and would be unable to immediately help Island residents or request support from neighboring police, fire and medical professionals.

For that reason, the city officials strongly suggest that Mercer Island residents have the necessary supplies to be self-sufficient for one week.

Islanders will have two opportunities this month to learn more about emergency preparation and how to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors.

The Mercer Island Fire Department will host "Public Safety Days" on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the North Fire Station, located at 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Police, fire and emergency preparedness materials and handouts will be available at the family-focused event to help Islanders and their children prepare themselves for a natural disaster.

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the city of Mercer Island will carry out a citywide emergency drill, which includes city government, city staff, citizens, businesses, schools and the faith community.

In case of a real disaster, the emergency operation center will be based out of City Hall. The Mercer Island City Hall Court Room at 9611 S.E. 36th Street will serve as a volunteer meeting area, and a shelter site will be available at the Community Center at Mercer View at 8236 S.E. 24th Street.

Contact Jennifer Franklin, emergency preparedness officer, at (206) 275-7905 or for more information, or visit

Need help? Call or tune in:

Emergency: 911

Non-Emergency Police: (206) 275-7610

Non-Emergency Fire: (206) 275-7607

Puget Sound Energy: 1-888-225-5773

Radio Stations: KIRO 710 AM, KOMO 1000 AM, MIHS Radio Station 88.9 FM

Emergency Operation Center at City Hall (206-275-7600)

Shelter Site at the Community Center at Mercer View (8236 S.E. 24th Street).

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