North County Outlook - Community newspaper serving Marysville, Arlington, Tulalip, Smokey Point, Lakewood

Prepare now for winter storms


October 19, 2010

With the National Weather Service predicting one of the strongest La Niña weather patterns in over 50 years, a cold, snowy winter may be coming our way, which means greater chances of power outages. Snohomish County Public Utility District reminds customers about several things they can do this fall to be better prepared in case Mother Nature strikes.

A simple emergency kit can help you get through outages. A kit should include basic items such as a flashlight, batteries, matches, bottled water, food bars and canned food, blankets, a manual can opener, battery-powered radio and clock, and a first aid pack with band aids, antibiotic ointment and gauze.

Residents using special medical equipment at home, such as respirators, should consider purchasing a backup generator and/or have other contingency plans in place. It's critical to make plans with friends or relatives to get to a site with electricity or identify emergency centers at local social service agencies and churches.

If your power goes out, choose a small room with few windows as your primary living area. Keep your window drapes closed as much as possible. Dress warmly, wearing several layers of clothes and, if needed, gloves, hat and a scarf.

Following big storms, the PUD knows many people are without electricity. If you have specific information about a tree in a power line or a power line on the ground, call the PUD at (425) 783-1000 (toll-free at 1-877-783-1000). If it's a life-threatening situation or medical emergency, call 911.


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