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Subject:   APPROACHING STORM PROVIDES PREPAREDNESS REMINDER
For Immediate Release:   
11/10/2008  4:11:00 PM
For More Information Contact:
Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233

APPROACHING STORM PROVIDES PREPAREDNESS REMINDER
Residents Should Be Ready in the Event of Outages

SEATTLE — A winter storm developing off the West Coast is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the Seattle area Tuesday and Wednesday, which could lead to some scattered power outages.

Seattle City Light is monitoring the storm and preparing crews for the possibility of outages. The utility also encourages its customers to be prepared. In the event of a large-scale outage or a natural disaster, residents should be ready to fend for themselves for at least three days.

One of the best preparation steps is to assemble an emergency kit with at least three days of food and water for each person in the family and any family pets. Other items to include are a hand-crank or battery-operated flashlight and radio, fresh batteries, a survival blanket, a first aid kit, pocket tissues and hand sanitizer wipes. For a complete list of what to include in an emergency kit, please visit www.govlink.org/3days3ways.

Winds in the approaching storm are expected to reach sustained levels of 30 mph with gusts of up to 45 mph in the Seattle area. At those levels, the storm could cause damage to Seattle City Light's system. Utility officials continue to track the storm so they can bring in additional resources as needed.

In the event of an outage:

  • Beware of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. NEVER use generators or portable grills indoors, even in a garage. Always use them outdoors with plenty of ventilation to avoid toxic fumes.
  • Have contact sources who are outside of the area and who can give you up-dated information from City Light's Web site.
  • Use the portable, battery-operated radio from your emergency kit for the latest outage information.
  • 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
 

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