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This from our friends at WASLCA:

Dear supporters of language access to essential services,

WASCLA and OneAmerica are working together to make sure that everyone in Washington can get emergency notifications in a language that they can understand. It can be a matter of life and death, and we need your help now!

On May 16, 2017, Governor Inslee signed SSB 5046 into law, mandating the translation of emergency notifications. This is a big step in the right direction–thanks in large part to the tireless advocacy of  concerned individuals and organizations like yours–but we have one final hurdle to clear. Because of a null and void clause, in order to take effect, the law needs funding from the State Operating Budget by June 30!

We are asking partners and allies to sign on to the letter below requesting funding from House budget negotiators. Will you and/or your organization sign on? If you support funding to translate emergency notifications into languages other than English, please add your name here by 5pm on Tuesday, June 6th.   


Eastside Legal Assistance Program is hosting a free workshop to help parents prepare for when they may not be able to care for their children. Saturday, Dec 10, 9:00 to noon at Stevenson Elementary in Bellevue. Please see flyer in English and Spanish for the documents you need to bring in order to fill out the forms.


As we head into winter, don’t forget to sign up for email and text alerts on Metro routes. Available in English only, but you can get real time alerts regarding snow routes, flooding and other emergencies on specific routes that you use. Click here to sign up now.


king_snow_traffic_001_reverseAs we quickly move into the holiday season, now is a good time to check your emergency preparedness. Snow, ice, floods and more can disrupt our daily routines. Do you know what to do in a major winter storm? How will you get to work? Pick up kids from school? Get food from the grocery store? Practical information and resources in multiple languages are available at Take Winter by Storm.

And don’t forget – next ERIC Connection will be hosted by the City of Bellevue’s Office of Emergency Management Vulnerable Populations Project. January 6, 11:00 am at Bellevue City Hall

Now that winter is here, it’s time to dust off our emergency plans. The Take Winter By Storm website has great information, as well as information in multiple languages for our immigrant and refugee families.