Topic: Safety

Firefighters Honored for Service in 2018

Written on January 16, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

This article written by Carolyn Hudson, SJI Fire and Rescue Administrative Officer Lieutenant Michael Henderson received San Juan Island Fire and Rescue’s highest award Saturday night when the District celebrated the 2018 contributions of its members at Downriggers Restaurant. The firefighters and support members were honored for their dedicated service in 2018 at the annual  Continue Reading

SJC PHD Special Board Meeting

Written on January 8, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be having a Special Board Meeting on Thursday, January 10th. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. rather than the usual time, but will be at the usual place – the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building. The purpose of this meeting is to potentially appoint an Interim  Continue Reading

911 Service Disruptions

Written on December 28, 2018 at 9:30 am, by

Brendan Cowan, Director of SJI Emergency Management, shares this notice… With ongoing national issues around the 911 system, remember that if 911 doesn’t work for you in an emergency, (360) 378-4141 is the alternate number to San Juan County Dispatch.

Proven Fall Reduction Program Begins Again

Written on December 27, 2018 at 8:32 am, by

Teach your body to keep that stumble from becoming a fall. Mullis Senior Center is working with Instructor Stephanie Prima to offer the beginning level of Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance™ this January. Through clinical trials and studies, this program has proven to reduce risk of falls in older adults by 58% and  Continue Reading

Ferries on Storm Routes

Written on December 20, 2018 at 12:37 pm, by

This alert just came in from WSF… Wind storm throws wrench in early holiday sailing schedule The ongoing wind storm has already had several impacts on sailing schedules across the region today. And more changes could be on the way. Therefore, passengers will need to plan ahead and potentially alter their travel plans accordingly depending  Continue Reading

Free E-cycle Service Coming Soon

Written on December 8, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Tom Doenges, owner of Computer San Juans wants you to know about this new service coming to an island near you… Calling all small businesses, schools, ports, town and individuals… I am joining forces with a friend who runs an electronics recycling company in Bellingham called 1pc.com. Because I feel I contribute to bringing these devices  Continue Reading

Very Sophisticated Phone Scam

Written on November 29, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

Found this in the SJ Update mailbag… Dear neighbors, I was just duped by a very sophisticated scam that wrecked my bank account, so I wanted to get the word out there in hopes that this won’t happen to you. Here’s what happened: I was called on my cell phone by someone claiming to be  Continue Reading

CDC issues Romaine Lettuce Alert

Written on November 21, 2018 at 8:55 am, by

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), public health officials in several states, Canada and FDA are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce and they should throw it away.  For additional details and guidance, see the  Continue Reading

Wreaths for Grad Night

Written on November 15, 2018 at 8:51 am, by

Haven’t placed your wreath or pie order yet? Don’t fret – WREATHS HAVE ARRIVED – BUY one THIS FRIDAY and SATURDAY at the Mullis Community Senior Center! And while you’re there, don’t forget to order your Pecan and/or Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving. ALL proceeds benefit FHHS Grad Night 2019.

Stories from the Storm

Written on November 14, 2018 at 8:56 am, by

On Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 pm at the San Juan Island Grange, the Corps of Resiliency gathering is going to be something special. We have teamed up with the Grange Lecture Series to host an evening of storytelling at the Grange Hall. We’ll be turning off the lights, lighting a fire in the fireplace  Continue Reading

Prevention Survey

Written on November 1, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

The Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Survey is an anonymous annual statewide survey administered by all of the CPWI coalitions in Washington state. The Community Survey captures our local San Juan Island attitudes about teen alcohol and drug use, as well as prevention programming. This data helps to inform our coalition’s strategies, as  Continue Reading

Shaw Wins First Place for Video

Written on October 18, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

The students at the Shaw Island School recently won first place in a statewide contest promoting earthquake preparedness and safety. Sponsored by the Cascadia Regional Earthquake Workgroup, the competition solicited videos from schools across Washington. Timed to promote the Great Shake Out earthquake drill, this is the second year of the contest, and the second  Continue Reading

2018 Great Washington Shakeout

Written on October 12, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

It’s just one week until the 2018 Great Washington Shakeout earthquake drill on October 18th. You can join the growing number of islanders who are preparing for “the big one” by signing up online. It’s quick and easy to do at: http://shakeout.org/washington So far, more than 700 people in the islands are involved. This includes  Continue Reading

Test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System

Written on October 2, 2018 at 6:05 am, by

IMPORTANT: At approximately 11:20am PST on Wednesday October 3rd, FEMA will conduct the first ever NATIONWIDE test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS). This means that all cell phones that are turned on, within range of a tower, and whose carrier participates in WEA will make a loud buzz and  Continue Reading

Burn Permits Go On Sale October 1

Written on September 28, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

Burn season is right around the corner and the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office and the San Juan County Fire Chiefs Association would like to remind you of a few things to improve the safety of your burning this season. Burning rules apply to all burns in San Juan County and a permit is  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Keep On Truckin’

Written on September 17, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update, written by Peggy Sue McRae… One of the most critical components of maintaining happiness and health as we get older is staying mobile and not falling down. Regarding that, I have some good news and I have some some bad news. The good news  Continue Reading

Burn Risk Level Changed to Moderate

Written on September 13, 2018 at 5:38 am, by

The recent rains have resulted in San Juan County moving the fire risk level to Moderate. This does not change the status of burning in the county, it is merely a risk level modification that reflects fuel moisture levels rising.  Campfires remain allowed in San Juan County.  Residential burning remains closed until the expected opening  Continue Reading

September is Preparedness Month in San Juan County!

Written on September 8, 2018 at 6:30 am, by

From Brendan Cowan, Director, San Juan County Department of Emergency Management… While emergency preparedness is a year round responsibility for all islanders, the San Juan County Council recently proclaimed September as “Preparedness Month” in San Juan County. “This is an opportunity to remind everyone who spends time in the islands that many of the things we love most about being here also  Continue Reading

Meet and Greet the Candidates for Fire Dept Chief Position

Written on September 8, 2018 at 6:20 am, by

From Jamie Mountford PIO SJIFD… After over 35 years with the department, San Juan Island Fire Chief Brad Creesy is retiring at the end of October. The community is invited to an evening reception to meet the five finalists being considered for the position. This informal meet and greet opportunity will be Sunday, September 16 from 5-7 P.M.  Continue Reading

Community Survey

Written on August 31, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The 2018 Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Survey is now open! Please add your voice by completing the survey below. Thank you for your time and support! The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition. sjipc.org The Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Survey is an anonymous annual statewide survey administered by all of  Continue Reading

Burn Ban Lifted

Written on August 30, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

The Burn Ban for campfires and barbecues is lifted in San Juan County As of noon on August 29, 2018, the burn ban for campfires and charcoal barbeques is lifted in San Juan County. Recent humidity levels, rising fuel moistures, and precipitation in the county have warranted a lift on the burn ban enacted last  Continue Reading

Burn Ban in San Juan County begins August 21st

Written on August 21, 2018 at 7:26 pm, by

San Juan County: A Burn Ban [began] Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at noon. Elevated temperatures for extended periods and our lack of precipitation has created a high fire danger in San Juan County, and across the region. San Juan County will be prohibiting all outdoor burning with the exception of propane barbecues. No outdoor fires  Continue Reading