Jun 08

Mayor's Message for June 2018

Posted on June 8, 2018 at 12:06 PM by Jan Molinaro

An Enumclaw Summer 

Ah summer. The season we all wait for and anticipate. This congers up thoughts of family picnics and backyard barbeques. It also provides for other activities in and around Enumclaw: biking on country roads bordering Enumclaw or on the Foothills Trail, hiking in Federation Forest or three State Parks within 15 minutes of Enumclaw. For the more adventurous backpacking and camping in Mount Rainier National Park using our community as a base. All these amenities are here in Enumclaw’s backyard. 

When you’ve worked up a hunger come to Downtown Enumclaw which offers an array of restaurants with a wide range of food selections. Retail has many boutique shops to satisfy local shoppers and visitors that come to our city. Spend time just walking around our early to mid-century downtown and absorb why families move to our community. 

 Not sure what to do with the children once school ends? Check out the many activities our city Parks and Rec Department is serving up this summer. There is a Summer Activity Guide available detailing the many activities in our city. When those hot summer days are upon us take advantage of our community’s Aquatic Center for a cool change of pace. The city website (www.cityofenumclaw.net ) will provide details, dates and locations on all the offerings from our Park and Rec as well as the pool.

 Mark your calendars now for the King County Fair from July 19th - 22nd held at the Enumclaw Expo Center. Can you believe it is now in its 156th year! The Expo Center also has a slew of exciting events scheduled throughout summer, such as the International Dog Show, Scottish Highland Games and the NW Western Swing Festival just to name a few. These and more are listed on their website so you can make plans with family and friends. 

The Stars and Stripes 4th of July Parade is once again being hosted by the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce. Attending this parade tradition is a great way to begin the July 4th celebration before you head out to the lakes or barbeque gatherings. Again, further information on this and many more events can be found on the Chamber’s website calendar of events as well as the Live Local 98022 web site. 

Don’t sit back and relax, that’s what the rainy season is all about. Get out and about as Enumclaw can keep your summer schedule full for all ages, while creating new memories.

May 01

Mayor’s Message for May: Emergency Preparedness - Be informed. Be prepared.

Posted on May 1, 2018 at 10:27 AM by Jan Molinaro

Mayor’s Message for May
Emergency Preparedness - Be informed. Be prepared.

 Any citizen that lives in and around Enumclaw should be aware that our community is located in an area in which natural disaster can happen. Whether it might be the eruption of a dormant volcano to an earthquake, each household should be prepared with food, medical and other needed supplies to sustain each family member.  

It has been said that we need emergency items to last at least 72 hours before any assistance might arrive. It has also been said that a much longer time frame should be prepared for, such as 3 weeks. If it is an extreme event affecting most of Puget Sound, emergency personnel will be overwhelmed. That could mean Enumclaw will be on its own possibly cut off from other communities. Be ready, be prepared. 

So what can a family do now to be ready, just in case. Develop an emergency plan. This might include what you and family members should do if disaster strikes during the middle of a week day. What are the routes you may need to take to get home safely. Have several maps printed and kept in your car as you cannot be sure that your Smart Phone mapping app will even function. What is your children’s school emergency plans? Ask how the school will communicate with families during a crisis. Ask if the school stores adequate food, water, and other basic supplies. Find out if the school is prepared to shelter-in-place if need be, and where they plan to go if they must get away. Additional information can be found at various government and private organization web sites, such as the American Red Cross and FEMA. 

There are utilities that may need to be shut off during a natural disaster to prevent additional destruction to your home; natural gas, water and electricity. Because there are different shut-off procedures for each utility and different configurations, it is important to contact your local utility company for guidance. Each family member may be informed on the shut off procedures. 

If an earthquake, winter storm, or other disaster strikes our community, you might not have access to food, water, and electricity for days, or even weeks. By taking some time now to store emergency food and water supplies, you could provide for your entire family. This kit could include one gallon of water per person, per day. Non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food items. Flashlight with extra batteries. Hand crank radio (Enumclaw has an AM radio station that is solely maintained to transmit messages in a time of emergency. Citizens should note that if needed, to tune their radio to 1650 AM for current information in a time of emergency or disaster). First aid kit. Extra medications and medical items. Emergency blankets. The list is longer and encourage you to check other web sites for more information as you build your kit.  

Be informed. Learn the types of disasters or emergencies that may likely occur in our area. These events can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood. Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information, whether through local radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio stations. When a major disaster occurs, our community can change in an instant. Loved ones may be hurt and emergency response is likely to be delayed. Make sure that at least one member of your household is trained in first aid and CPR. Know your children’s school emergency plan. If you go to the school, the doors will likely be locked to keep your children safe as they shelter-in-place. 

If one thought has come to mind while reading this month’s message, it hopefully is that preparing for an emergency can involve several items for you and your family. Take things step-by-step as you prepare. Do not become overwhelmed as you plan and prepare methodically. Use these resources at either Federal Emergency Management Agency better known as FEMA and the American Red Cross. Both have web sites with additional preparation information. Listed here are those two sites;

 https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1549-20490-2111/basic_preparedness.pdf

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/be-informed

 Mark your calendars now as there is an Emergency Preparedness Fair tentatively being planned for Saturday, September 15 at the Enumclaw Expo Center. More information will follow in the coming months.

Apr 03

Mayor's Message for April

Posted on April 3, 2018 at 11:08 AM by Jan Molinaro

Mayor’s Message for April

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

 

The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States, and Enumclaw is taking part in this important month of awareness, education, and prevention. The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. By working together and pooling our resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.

 

Sexual abuse affects many in our community, both adults and children. Over 6,600 adults and children in King County have sought services from accredited sexual assault resource centers. Sexual assault is a vastly underreported crime for a number of reasons: survivors often feel they won’t be believed or that nothing will be done to hold their perpetrator accountable.

 

But we’ve recently reached an important turning point in our culture, fueled by engagement in the #MeToo

movement on social media. It’s an opportunity to redouble our efforts as individuals, as a community, and as

a society to reject sexual violence in all forms.

 

A disturbing fact about sexual assault is that it is a major cause of youth homelessness, with more than 40% impacted by this violence before they become homeless. Untreated, youth are more likely to remain homeless and are at greater risk of additional sexual assault or exploitation on the streets. Prevention, as well as what techniques and behaviors an adult should be aware, can be viewed at http://www.kcsarc.org/sexoffenders. 

 

Help is available for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse or needs information. The nonprofit King

County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) operates a 24-hour Resource Line, at 1-888-99-VOICE,

and offers a wealth of resources to help prevent and end sexual violence on its website at, www.kcsarc.org.

 

En Español

KCSARC also provides free, confidential services for victims of sexual assault and their families in the Spanish-speaking community. The Dando Voz (Giving Voice) program offers all of KCSARC’s current services for victims of sexual assault in Spanish, including general advocacy, child advocacy, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, parent education and therapy. If you have a need to receive information in Spanish, please call 425-282-0332, or email dandovozstaff@kcsarc.org.

 

There are many other national organizations that discuss ways to prevent sexual abuse as well as prevention of child sexual abuse. I encourage everyone, parents and guardians to check out these sites for important information. Having the knowledge and discussing with children about the information from some of these prevention organizations could be key in keeping them safe. It is important to recognize the signs of sexual assault in all areas of interaction, whether in schools, home or business.