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March, 2012
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Snow Storm Serves as a Preparedness Reminder.

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 Snow Storm Serves as a Preparedness Reminder.

Can you take care of your family during a prolonged emergency?

In mid-January, we were hit by a triple whammy; More than a dozen inches of heavy, wet snow…followed by a couple of inches of freezing rain, followed by high winds. The result? More than a quarter-million homes in the Puget Sound region without electric service. For some of us, that meant no power for longer than a week. Thurston County was among the hardest hit areas with very cold temperatures and tens of thousands of homes in the dark. Some homeowners had their power restored only to see it go out again when a second round of heavy winds hit.

The storm is a reminder that we should all be prepared for power outages and other impacts from storms, earthquakes and other emergencies and disasters. One of the best things you can do for your family is to have a “72-hour kit” ready to get you through three days or more without outside assistance. The State Emergency Management Division has a handy Check List you can use to put together such a kit.

Before a winter storm hits again you should add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

  • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
  • Sand to improve traction.
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
  • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, store a good supply of dry seasoned wood.
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • A Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • A NOAA Weather Radio or other device to access critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). You should be alert to changing weather conditions.

During a winter storm you should minimize travel if you can. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supply kit in your vehicle. You should also bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Other animals or livestock should be moved to sheltered areas and supplied with food and non-frozen drinking water.

Much more information on emergency preparedness can be found on the County’s Emergency Managment web site.

By John Tennis

Downed wires caused many challenges. Downed wires caused many challenges.

One of the many impacted county roads. One of the many impacted county roads.