Are You Weather Ready?
That's the question the partners of "Take Winter By Storm" asks.
What began in 1998 as a one day media event has expanded to a multi-media public awareness and safety engagement program to help citizens and businesses get prepared before bad weather strikes.
Offered in two dozen languages, the online service aims to raise community awareness of hazardous weather and to help protect lives and property. It includes one-stop tips and resources for coping with power outages, heavy rains and flooding, freezing temperatures and various other weather-related disruptions. Residents are invited to register with the Take Winter By Storm site to receive up-to-the-minute updates on alerts and closures, plus discounts on various goods and services.
Among other resources the site offers are a series of checklists, including ones for home inventory, house maintenance, family plan, and shopping, plus an emergency contact card. Also available are downloadable tips for "preparedness on a budget" and a link to the Seattle Times Take Winter By Storm pamphlet.
Backers of the program recommend three basic steps to prepare for hazardous weather:
- Create an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your home and office. Kits prepared for vehicle road travel and winter weather evacuation go-kits are also advised.
- Make a plan and practice the plan with your family and those who depend on you.
- Stay informed and know the weather approaching so you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.
Take Winter By Storm is a collaborative, public-private effort between King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties, the City of Seattle, Puget Sound Energy, State Farm, National Weather Service/NOAA, American Red Cross and various local retailers.