If all this rain hasn’t been a warning, winter’s a-comin’ and Seattle Mayor McGinn wants to make sure you’re ready to deal with it. (Even if you don’t live in Seattle, there’s some good information to be had here.)
Hizzoner’s staff has put together a list of things to think about and gather if and when rain, sleet and snow come to the Emerald City.
There’s the Rainwatch program. the Snowwatch program, an Outage Map and the city’s Winter Weather Response Map.
Here’s the city’s list of things to do to prepare for winter:
Residents should always have a three-day supply of water and food that does not need to be cooked;
Have extra blankets on hand and close the doors to rooms you aren’t using to help keep warm;
Don’t bring your barbecue or any fossil fuel burning stove inside your house to cook when the power goes out – this could cause carbon monoxide poisoning;
A hand-crank radio and a hand-crank flashlight should be available – please don’t use open flames such as candles;
The City of Seattle is a partner in the regional Take Winter By Storm effort – residents are encouraged to visit www.takewinterbystorm.org for more tips on being prepared for winter;
Call 206-684-7400 to report a power outage, to find out about reported outages and to asked to have call-back when your power is restored. Seattle City Light needs your current phone number – both home and cell – in order to respond to your call.
So button up and batten down.