What does it take to manage VIP visits?

Cross-posted from Plane Talk

Vice-president Kamala Harris and Dr. Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS), both flew in and out of King County International Airport for visits to Seattle recently. For folks who work at the airport, VIP visits, as they are known, can bring mixed emotions and an intense workload.

VIPs can include heads of state, sports teams, or other public figures such as members of Congress. It’s a unique situation that few people can say they’ve participated, but also requires the highest level of security. Read more.

2023 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is Jan. 12

Community members and King County employees are invited to join in honoring our nation’s foremost human rights leader and King County’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The theme for the 2023 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is “Truth, Light and Hope” and the accompanying quote is “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   

The 2023 Larry Gossett Service Award nomination is now open.

The Larry Gossett Service Award recognizes and affirms an individual or organization that has made significant contributions in the areas of racial equity, social justice, and/or human rights.  

You can see the award criteria and submit a nomination on the award website. The nomination deadline is Nov. 28, 2022 and the winner will be announced at the annual celebration.

The 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12, from noon to 1 p.m., and will be broadcast virtually by KCTVKing County employees and community members will be able to access the event link on our event website on Jan. 12.  

The 2023 Celebration keynote speakers, guests, performances, and information on when and how to order 2023 calendars will be announced soon. A digital version of the calendar will also be made available.  

For more information, please contact Michael Padilla, mpadillaocampo@kingcounty.gov.

Financial planning tips for the holidays

Watch this video with a My Secure Advantage (MSA) Financial Coach sharing tips for financial planning as we lead up to the holidays. My Secure Advantage (MSA) is a financial wellness program that provides King County employees with tools and coaching to help you reach your financial goals.

Tri-demic? Time to increase protections against surging respiratory viruses

Crossposted from Public Health Insider

We’ve been hearing talk of a potential triple threat of viruses or a “tri-demic” this winter – a rise in multiple types of respiratory viruses. We sat down with Dr. Eric Chow, who leads our Communicable Disease and Epidemiology Section, to learn more about what’s happening and what we can do to stay safer.

We’ve heard concerns about a potential “tri-demic” this winter – high cases of COVID-19, flu, and RSV. Is this something Public Health is worried about?

Yes, both locally and nationally we’re seeing a rise in these respiratory viruses. This is concerning both for the health of our most vulnerable residents, such as young children, older adults, and for people with underlying conditions. It’s also concerning for our healthcare system, which for many months has been experiencing staffing shortages and limited available hospital beds for new patients.  Read more.

Community Conversation Series: Indigenous Voices, Truth and Movements Amplified

King County employees and Native American Leadership Council affinity group members come together for a conversation on what Indigenous Peoples Day means to them, and how we’re not meant to celebrate on just one day or celebrate Native American Heritage Month for just one month, but all year round and for a lifetime. Your colleagues Stacey McQuade (OESJ), Katherine Festa (NALC, DCHS) and Avreayl Jacobson (NALC, DCHS) joined host Ninona Boujrada (NALC, PH-SKC) to discuss the call to action to move from the performative to transformative change in the recognition of Indigenous communities.

This is the first video of a three-part video series that will be published in Employee News throughout the month of November. These videos will feature Indigenous and Native community members, King County employees, youth and elders on the movement to increase awareness of the diverse experiences, culture, stories of struggle and resilience within the Native community. We’re still here. Watch the video below.

Recognizing our veterans

Crossposted from Metro Matters

In celebration of Veterans Day, I would like to take time to extend my appreciation and gratitude to our veterans. Veterans Day honors those have who courageously served our country in the military. As the daughter of an Army veteran, this day has always held special meaning to me and my family.

This holiday initially began as a commemoration of the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. It was called “Armistice Day” and was later expanded to recognize veterans of all wars and the name changed to Veterans Day in 1954. Read more.

Community, connection, and emotional well-being for veterans

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day and Balanced You would like to thank our employees who have served and honor the continued service you provide as a King County employee. In partnership with the Veterans and Military Affinity Group and the King County Veteran Fellows Program, we would like to share resources to support emotional well-being, community and connection for our veterans and military community.

Administrative Professionals Q3 recognition

King County Administrative Professionals are a large part of King County government’s workforce and valuable contributors to the success of every department. They support and provide direct services to internal customers and the public.

Administrative Professionals may include, but are not limited to, Administrative Specialists, Office Assistants, Executive Assistants, Customer Service Specialists, Dental and Medical Assistants, Court Clerks, and more.

Celebrate the great work of Administrative Professionals and read about their accomplishments in the 2022 Q3 Recognitions.

To show your appreciation and recognize an Administrative Professional that you’ve worked with, click here.

Get your flu shot! 10 things to know about flu season

Crossposted from Public Health Insider

As fall rolls around and holiday gatherings approach, so does flu season. That means it’s time to think about another important vaccine you should get this year: your flu shot.

Here are ten things to know about the flu shot and why it’s so crucial this fall. Read more.

ARFF hosts community police academy

Crossposted from the Plane Talk newsletter

The Burien/SeaTac Community Police Academy visited the fire station at King County International Airport recently. The Academy is a nine-week course designed to increase the understanding between residents and their police departments through public education.

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) provided a fire truck water demonstration, an introduction to breathing apparatus equipment and a K-9 demonstration by King County Sheriff Deputy Samuel Sare and his partner, Chuck.

“We all enjoyed the tour and demo,” wrote Michiko Wilson in an email thanking ARFF after the event. Wilson collaborated with Detective Robell Ghrmai from the City of SeaTac Police Department on the academy.

According to Wilson, most of the participants live and/or work in either Burien or SeaTac. They cited these reasons for participating in the academy:

  • Learn how they can assist the police/city;
  • Learn and understand the services provided by the local law enforcement;
  • Be more knowledgeable about the law enforcement and policing; and
  • Learn how they can better support law enforcement.