The impacts of winter weather conditions - wind, rain, and freezing temperatures - can leave your family isolated or in the dark for hours or days at a time. It's important to plan ahead so you can take winter by storm. Take these simple steps:
Make a plan. Know how you and your loved ones will communicate when communication systems are down, and where you will meet if separated.
Build a kit. Include food, water, medications, toiletries, a first aid kit, flashlight and extra batteries, warm blankets and clothing, and other essential supplies for every member of your household (including pets). Keep a kit at home and in your car.
Stay informed. Monitor local radio stations for important safety information and updates. Be sure to have a battery-operated radio and extra batteries on hand. Consider registering for emergency news and information notifications at www.kingcounty.gov/rpin - it's free to subscribe and you can choose the types of alerts you want to receive.
It's also a good idea to get to know your neighbors. During winter emergencies you can help each other and share needed resources. Find more tips and checklists at www.takewinterbystorm.org. Winter shelter information is provided by King County 2-1-1.