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Subject:   PATH OF APPROACHING STORM UNCERTAIN - SEATTLE CITY LIGHT RECOMMENDS CUSTOMERS BE READY
For Immediate Release:   
12/31/2008  1:12:00 PM
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City Light has crews ready if storm takes a more northerly track

SEATTLE - Seattle City Light crews are ready to respond if the storm predicted to hit late Thursday - New Years Day - hits the Seattle area. Storms are expected to bring rain and strong winds to the Puget Sound area through the weekend. However, theres a chance that the storm will hit to the south of the Seattle area.

"Our crews are ready to respond if the weather system ends up hitting our area," says Chris Heimgartner, Energy Delivery and Customer Care Officer for City Light. "We are prepared for the possibility of outages occurring throughout our service territory and we can have back-up help available to us quickly if there is significant wind damage. Our main concern is the saturated ground from the snow and rain. Similar to 2006, this can bring down whole trees onto power lines." City Light has written agreements with other utilities in the region and throughout the West to send back-up crews should the outages and damage be widespread. Likewise, City Light would send crews to other storm-damaged areas, if necessary.

The Customer Service Call Center will remain open this evening, December 31st, until 8:00 p.m. The Call Center also will be open tomorrow, New Years Day from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. If it appears that the storm will hit Seattle, the Call Center hours may be extended.

If a large-scale storm event occurs, residents should be ready with emergency supplies for at least three days. 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.

City Light reminds customers to be safe. Downed lines can be dangerous. Also, City Light urges customers to be prepared for any possible outages. Heres what customers can do if they experience a power outage:

* Do not get near any downed wire. An individual should always assume a downed wire is "live" and dangerous. If someone seeks a downed wire, they should call (206) 706-0051;
* Do not use a barbecue grill or generator inside the house or in a garage that is attached to the house. Do not use a grill or generator near a home air intake vent or near windows;
* Do not use fossil fuel burning auxiliary heating sources;
* Have an emergency power outage kit available and well-stocked. There should be sufficient supplies to last three days for every family member and family pets. Make sure all batteries are fresh. To find out what to put into a kit, go to www.takewinterbystorm.org;
* Know how to manually override electric garage doors, security doors and gates;
* Have a land line phone or fully charged cell phone available - cordless phones wont work when the power is out;
* Unplug electrical appliances if the power goes out so that when the power comes back on, there wont be a surge that could damage sensitive electronic equipment;
* Use battery-powered flashlights - not candles or oil lamps;
* Close doors, windows, curtains, and unused fireplace dampers to retain heat if there is an outage.



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