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Subject:   Winter Storm Season Just Beginning
For Immediate Release:   
12/27/2006  1:40:00 PM
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Power Outage Hotline - (206) 684-7400


Winter Storm Season Just Beginning


SEATTLE - The December 14th windstorm was only the beginning of what could be a wet and windy winter. The soil is soaked, and some trees are weakened from the last storm, so even a mild storm could cause more damage and more outages. Seattle City Light urges customers to be prepared in the event of more weather-related problems. There were lessons learned from the last storm that perhaps will help customers be better equipped for any future storm emergencies:
  1. Have an emergency kit ready. As early as October, we recommended customers have one on hand. Chances are customers still may not have the necessary basics. A kit is simple to put together and can cost less than $25. Emergency kits should include flashlights, fresh batteries, wind-up clock, portable radio, mylar blankets and a manual can-opener. A supply of canned and dry food is recommended along with surge protectors for sensitive electronic equipment.
  2. DO NOT cook food indoors on a barbecue grill that burns fossil fuels (propane, charcoal, etc.).
  3. DO NOT heat your home with carbon-monoxide emitting fuels.
  4. DO NOT operate a generator inside your home or garage; it must be well ventilated.
  5. Have contact sources who are outside of the area and who can give you up-dated information from City Light’s Web site.
  6. Use the portable, battery-operated radio from your emergency kit for the latest outage information. KOMO 1000 and KIRO 710 reported throughout each hour the most current updates.
  7. Have the phone number and address of the closest community center to you to see if they are offering temporary/emergency shelter.
  8. Have the phone number and address of nearby grocery stores to see if they are open.
  9. Cell phones are useful during an outage. They can be re-charged with a manual, hand-cranked recharger or a battery powered recharger. A telephone that operates on a hard wire (land line) can be useful too. Cordless phones won’t work if there is a power outage.


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