Winter in the Pacific Northwest can be a strange and unpredictable time—for example, an epic snow storm in Seattle may hardly register in other parts of the Puget Sound because of the area’s unique weather patterns. It’s difficult to know, if, for example, you are driving through the area, whether you’re looking for sunning skies, rain, hail, or snow. This can make winter weather preparedness overwhelming but, as we like to say around here, better safe than sorry! This said, you need to take precautions to prepare yourself for the possibility of winter weather both while you are home and while you are travelling.
Plan ahead. What happens if your car is compromised by a winter storm? Say you get in an accident or you get snowed in? Make sure you have all the transit timetables for the county in case you need to travel by bus during winter weather. Identity the best route home with the fewest hills, small streets possible. Large streets, freeways and bus routes are your best bets for getting home safely.
Develop an emergency plan. If telephone lines are down, power isn’t working, and you’re having a hard time getting home, your family needs a plan of attack to ensure safety and security in a winter storm. What should each family member do in case of bad winter weather, where do you store your food, where should you go if you cannot make it home, make sure everyone has contact lists and a back-up plan.
Make sure you have a battery-operated radio and flashlight at home in case the power fails.
Schools: Everyone loves snow days! Listen to local radio and television stations for information on school closures and schedule changes. Please be sure to retain the snow and ice information that your local school distributes.
For a recorded message on Seattle School District schedule changes, call 206-252-0207.
Power Outages: Seattle City Light – 206-684-7400 for a recorded list of power outage areas. If your area is not listed, let City Light know.
Puget Sound Energy – 1-888-225-5773
As a homeowner, make sure that your home and the roads in front of your home are in the best condition possible to help aid in the recovery of the roads following winter weather. Additionally, make sure that you have all necessary provisions for 3 to 4 days of being “snowed in”