Marysville University to focus on disaster preparedness

MARYSVILLE — If a disaster on the scale of Superstorm Sandy struck your home, family and community, would you be ready?

The city of Marysville encourages you to attend a free Marysville University civics learning class titled “Disaster Preparedness: Don’t Let Mother Nature Catch You Unprepared.”

The class will run 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the City Council Chambers, on the second floor of City Hall, located at 1049 State Ave.

“When a natural disaster is looking you in the face, it’s already too late to make your emergency plans,” Mayor Jon Nehring said. “The city of Marysville and local emergency response agencies are ready. We want you and your family to be ready, too, with information that will help protect lives and property.”

Scheduled speakers include volunteer nurse Yvonne Smith with the Red Cross, who saw firsthand the devastation left by Superstorm Sandy, as well as Marysville Emergency Management Coordinator Cheryl Niclai and Dara Salmon, the emergency preparedness program manager with the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management. Also slated to speak is Bill Burns, government liaison manager with the American Red Cross of Snohomish County.

According to Nehring, MU provides an informal classroom-style forum that brings people from the community together to gain a better understanding of how their local government functions, inspires them to become part of the solution-seeking process, and informs them about city programs, services and projects.

Free refreshments will be available. Classes are videotaped and will be shown on Marysville Cable Access TV 21 on Comcast, and TV 25 on Frontier, at dates to be announced later.

Two Red Cross emergency preparedness kits will be awarded in a random drawing.

Please call Community Information Officer Doug Buell in City Hall at 360-363-8086 by Jan. 24 to reserve your seat, or email him at Be sure to include your name, phone, postal address and email address. For more information, contact Buell or visit the city on the web at


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