Winter Storm

 

Facts: The Seattle area is currently being affected by severe winter weather. Snow accumulations and cold temperatures can hamper routine transportation, restrict the ability of emergency vehicles to get around, and create complications for those with chronic health problems. During prolonged cold, household pipes may freeze causing water damage to homes and apartments.

What to do:

  • Dress in layers to stay warm and keep clothing dry. Wear a hat to prevent loss of body heat.
  • Use de-icer to melt ice on walkways and driveways.
  • Stock up on groceries and supplies – it may take time for stores to re-stock.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Push the snow instead of lifting it when possible.
  • Expect travel delays and changes to regular public transit routes.
  • Prepare for power outages and take precautions when using alternate heating methods.
  • Stay tuned to the radio for updates on emergency information.
  • If you know of someone who is unable to understand, see, or hear this message, please tell them about it.

Helpful links:

http://www.seattle.gov/emergency-management/what-if/hazards/snow-ice-and-extreme-cold

http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/

http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm


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