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Fire Risk Forces City Light to Cut Power in SODO

Inspectors determined this afternoon that damage from a Tuesday vehicle crash on First Avenue was causing an imminent threat of fire, so Seattle City Light cut power to the surrounding area.

Normal garbage collection in Seattle today

If your collection is missed, please leave your materials out for one more day. Garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste are being picked up throughout the city this today, although some collection times could be delayed. Customers whose collection is missed are asked to leave their materials out for one more day. If the materials still […]

Normal garbage collection in Seattle today

If your collection is missed, please leave your materials out for one more day. Garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste are being picked up throughout the city this today, although some collection times could be delayed. Customers whose collection is missed are asked to leave their materials out for one more… [ Keep reading ]

Normal Garbage Pickup Despite Chance of Snow

Customers Asked to Set Garbage, Recycling, Food/Yard Waste Out by 7 a.m. With snow and slush in the overnight forecast, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is advising customers to treat Friday as a normal day for garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste collection. Please put your garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste out by 7 a.m. to ensure […]

Normal Garbage Pickup Despite Chance of Snow

Customers Asked to Set Garbage, Recycling, Food/Yard Waste Out by 7 a.m. With snow and slush in the overnight forecast, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is advising customers to treat Friday as a normal day for garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste collection. Please put your garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste out… [ Keep reading ]

Snow is back in the forecast

It’s good news for skiers and snowboarders, but might be bad news for your commute friday morning. Predictions are showing anywhere from trace amounts of snow to a few inches in the greater Seattle area. Check conditions before you leave in the morning and if you’re driving slow down and… [ Keep reading ]

Contract approved, schools starting on time

The Seattle Education Association has approved a contract, and school will be starting on time as scheduled for Wednesday, September 4. Seattle Parks community centers will revert to normal operations with regular programming, including before- and after-school care.

City to provide free drop-in activities at community centers for some public school students in event of school strike

20 community centers to serve students on free and reduced lunch from Kindergarten to 8th Grade The City of Seattle today announced it will open and staff drop-in activities at 20 designated community centers for Seattle Public Schools students on free and reduced lunch from Kindergarten to 8th Grade if… [ Keep reading ]

Officers Shoot Suspect After He Shoots Bus Driver, Flees Through Downtown (Updated)

A man suspected of shooting a bus driver multiple times Monday morning was shot by police after he fled through downtown Seattle. Just after 8:45 this morning, Seattle police began receiving a flood of reports that a man had shot a Metro bus driver on the Route # 27 bus near 3rd Avenue and Seneca […]

Officers Shoot Suspect After He Shoots Bus Driver, Flees Through Downtown (Updated)

A man suspected of shooting a bus driver multiple times Monday morning was shot by police after he fled through downtown Seattle. Just after 8:45 this morning, Seattle police began receiving a flood of reports that a man had shot a Metro bus driver on the Route # 27 bus… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle offers services during heat wave

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Seattle and surrounding communities until 11 p.m. Monday evening. In response, the City of Seattle is offering services and information to help members of the public deal with the heat wave.  Full News Release.

City of Seattle offers services during heat wave

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/1/2013

City of Seattle offers services during heat wave

SEATTLE – The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Seattle and surrounding communities until 11 p.m. Monday evening. In response, the City of Seattle is offering services and information to help members of the public deal with the heat wave.

“Hot weather isn’t frequent in Seattle, so it’s important that we make sure we’re enjoying it safely,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “Please take a moment to check on your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool.”

Many homes in Seattle are not equipped with air conditioning and may get very hot during the day. The City offers many locations for you to cool down when the temperatures start to rise. Visit 18 of the City’s libraries, senior centers or Seattle Center facilities for some relief to today’s record-breaking heat. See the lists below.

When you’re outside, limit the time you’re in direct sunlight and avoid or reduce activities that are tiring or take a lot of energy. Take extra precaution if you work outside and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down. Check in with your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool too.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water. Have a beverage with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.

Protect your pets

Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:

  • Never leave your animal chained or penned up directly in sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open the windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked car. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting and vinyl seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

LIBRARIES

The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working.

  • Central Library (1000 4th Ave) – 206-386-4636
  • Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) – 206-684-4089
  • Beacon Hill (2821 Beacon Ave S) – 206-684-4711
  • Broadview (12755 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-7519
  • Capitol Hill (425 Harvard Ave E) – 206-684-4715
  • Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) – 206-733-9125
  • Douglass-Truth (2300 E Yesler Way) – 206-684-4704
  • Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-4086
  • High Point (3411 SW Raymond St) – 206-684-7454
  • International District / Chinatown (713 8th Ave S) – 206-386-1300
  • Lake City (12501 28th Ave NE) – 206-684-7518
  • Madrona-Sally Goldmark (1134 33rd Ave) – 206-684-4705
  • Magnolia (2801 34th Ave W) – 206-386-4225
  • NewHolly (7058 32nd Ave S) – 206-386-1905
  • Northgate (10548 5th Ave NE) – 206-386-1980
  • Rainier Beach (9125 Rainier Ave S) – 206-386-1906
  • South Park (8604 8th Ave S) – 206-615-1688
  • Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) – 206-684-4088

SEATTLE CENTER (View the campus map – Acrobat PDF)

  • Armory Center House (Open until 9 p.m.)
  • International Fountain (Open until 9 p.m.)
  • Fountain of Creation (Open 24/7)

SENIOR CENTERS

The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public:

  • Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 8th Street)
  • International Drop-In Center (7301 Beacon Ave S.)
  • Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank (85 Pike St, #200)
  • Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 South Holly St)
  • The Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St)
  • South Park Senior Center (8201 10th Ave S)
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140)
  • The Central (500 30th Ave S)

Additional resources

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With Thoughts Towards Boston, Precautions at Home

Our thoughts are with the people of Boston, the athletes participating in the Boston Marathon and their families. We have been in communication with the Mayor’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management. We haven’t received any information to indicate that there is a threat to Seattle. Still, we have begun taking reasonable precautions to protect our […]

With Thoughts Towards Boston, Precautions at Home

Our thoughts are with the people of Boston, the athletes participating in the Boston Marathon and their families. We have been in communication with the Mayor’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management. We haven’t received any information to indicate that there is a threat to Seattle. Still, we have begun taking… [ Keep reading ]

POWER OUTAGE AFFECTING 3,200 CUSTOMERS IN WEST SEATTLE

Seattle City Light crews are responding to reports of a power outage affecting about 3,279 customers in the West Seattle area. The outage was detected at 2:07 a.m.

POWER OUTAGE AFFECTING 3,200 CUSTOMERS IN WEST SEATTLE

Seattle City Light crews are responding to reports of a power outage affecting about 3,279 customers in the West Seattle area. The outage was detected at 2:07 a.m.

Power Restored in Capitol Hill

Seattle City Light repair crews restored power about 11 p.m. Wednesday to the final customers affected by a power outage in Capitol Hill, First Hill and South Lake Union that started when a truck crashed into a utility pole. The crash happened near the intersection of Denny Way and Yale… [ Keep reading ]

Power Restored in Capitol Hill

Seattle City Light repair crews restored power about 11 p.m. Wednesday to the final customers affected by a power outage in Capitol Hill, First Hill and South Lake Union that started when a truck crashed into a utility pole. The crash happened near the intersection of Denny Way and Yale Avenue about 8:45 a.m., toppling […]

Truck Hits Pole, Causes Power Outage for 3,600 Homes, Businesses

Seattle City Light crews were working Wednesday morning to restore power for about 3,600 homes and businesses in Capitol Hill, First Hill and South Lake Union after a car struck a utility pole.

New Mobile Tools

The Seattle Alerts Blog is a great way to get up to date information on developing situations in Seattle. The City is working hard to deliver information to constituents in many convenient ways. Last week, Mayor McGinn announced the launch of m.seattle.gov, a new mobile portal to city services and… [ Keep reading ]

How to sign up for alerts

The Seattle Alerts blog brings together emergency communications from all of the City of Seattle’s departments. There are a few ways to follow updates to the blog–no need to click “refresh” until a snowstorm hits. RSS RSS is a method for distributing content to a group of subscribers. Many browsers… [ Keep reading ]

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Because extreme weather can happen anytime, we’ve collected a series of links from the Department of Transportation, City Light, and Seattle Public Utilities. These links focus on key tips for preparing and responding to extreme weather situations. For easy access to these resources when weather arrives, add them to your… [ Keep reading ]

Influenza activity on the rise, flu shot recommended

Seattle has seen a higher rate of influenza activity than average this winter. Some cities, like Chicago and Boston, are seeing particularly large increases in the flu. Since it is relatively early in the flu season for the level of activity being reported, it is critical to remember that vaccination… [ Keep reading ]

Carbon Monoxide Safety During Power Outages

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause severe illness or death. Carbon Monoxide is found in all fires, as well as fumes produced by charcoal or gas. It is produced by cars and trucks, small gasoline engines, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, and gas ranges and heating systems. CO poisoning […]

Power Restored in Southeast Seattle, Tukwila

Seattle City Light crews restored power by 8:30 p.m. Monday to all 11,000 homes and businesses that were affected by power outages from a morning wind storm. Sustained winds of up to 40 mph with gusts approaching 60 mph knocked down trees, which fell into power lines breaking poles, wires and transformers. The hardest hit […]

Strong Winds Knock Out Power for 11,000 Homes, Businesses

Seattle City Light crews were responding to scattered power outages affecting more than 11,000 customers as a wind storm blew through the Puget sound region early Monday morning. Initial estimates for restoration were set for 11 a.m. Updates are available online at City Light’s outage map, www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat . Seattle City Light is the 10th largest […]

Strong Winds Forecast, Could Cause Outages

Strong winds are predicted to blow through the Puget Sound area late Sunday night and into Monday morning, which could cause power outages. Seattle City Light encourages its customers to prepare for this possibility.

What’s in your emergency kit? Send pictures and win!

Are you ready for storm season? Every household should have an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water. To encourage residents to prepare for winter, we want to see what you have in your kit. Send us a picture of the most creative item in your emergency kit: whether it’s […]

What To Have In Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

As millions of people in the northeast remain living without power, we are reminded of the importance of disaster preparedness. Ross Reynolds talks with emergency preparedness training specialist, Debbie Goetz, about what to have in your disaster preparedness kit. Find out more on KUOW.ORG

Power Mostly Restored in Burien

Power has been restored power to all but 43 customers from a 6 a.m. outage affecting 2,892 customers in Burien, SeaTac, and Riverton-Boulevard Park. The outage was caused by a tree landing on wires in the 15500 block of Second Avenue South. An earlier press release incorrectly said that it was the result of a […]