Free Resources Help Homeowners Get Ready for Hazardous Weather
Nov - Dec 2014 - NWREporter
October brought fall's first big storm with widespread power outages, downed trees, and numerous reports of standing water from clogged storm drains. It also brought a reminder to prepare for winter weather.
Homeowners are encouraged to avail themselves of the information and advice on the Take Winter By Storm website. It outlines three steps for getting ready:
- Create an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for homes and offices. 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.
The website is intended to be a one-stop emergency preparedness center. It includes safety tips and information about the weather, power outages, heavy rains and flooding, freezing temperatures, roads and transit during adverse weather.
Among the resources residents will find are downloadable emergency checklists and an emergency contact card. A comprehensive "Take Winter by Storm" pamphlet published by The Seattle Times is also available. The checklists are offered in multiple languages.
Take Winter By Storm is a collaborative, public-private effort between organizations in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The multi-media public awareness program began in 1998 as a one day media event to help protect lives and property.