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A GUIDE TO WINTER SAFETY & PREPAREDNESS

Rain, snow, ice, wind, fog… whatever the weather be prepared!

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A SIMPLE MESSAGE: PREPARE WINTERWISE The flood threat posed by the Green River is over, with the repairs to the Howard Hanson Dam. However, Mother Nature still has plenty of bad weather and havoc it can send our way. The message of our annual WinterWise special section is to prepare, and not wait until winter strikes hard. Inside, you’ll find plenty of tips to get through the winter and guides to help you make all those important preparations. Information comes from King County, the Red Cross, Take Winter by Storm and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

INSIDE Prepare ........................ 2 Contact card ................. 4 Flooding ....................... 6 Essentials ..................... 7 Information.................. 8 A ready home ............. 10 Raking........................ 12 Bus travel ................... 12 Your cars .................... 15 Regional publisher Polly Shepherd Editor Dean A. Radford

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El Nino has also sorts of weather it can throw at us, from snow, to a Pineapple Express to a windstorm, so prepare now for whatever winter has to offer BY DEAN A. RADFORD dradford@rentonreporter.com

Meteorologist Ted Buehner was right when he predicted in early October that the summer and fall dry spell would end abruptly. The first 11 October days were dry, part of that 81-day streak. Then the rains came and seemingly didn’t go away. October ended tied as the fifth-wettest October at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where records have been kept since 1945. “I would say that’s abrupt,� he said. Buehner is the warning coordination meteorologist with NOAA’s National Weather Service Seattle. He was part of the annual kickoff in early October of Take Winter By Storm, a regional campaign to help everyone get ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at us this winter. This year, Western WashTed Buehner ington can expect a neutral El Nino, similar to weather patters in 2006 and 2009, when the dry weather changed dramatically, bringing heavy rain, flooding, windstorms and snow. There’s even a good chance for a Pineapple Express, when warm, moisture-laden air flows toward the Northwest from around the Hawaiian Islands. The rain can fall for days. Whether enough rain and snow fall to keep water reservoirs at acceptable levels in the Cascades is unclear, Buehner said. The prediction now is for dryer conditions than normal and predictions for the mountain snowpack are “all over the map.� The odds are in favor of a smaller snowpack, compared to the last two winters when the colder La Nina weather patterns meant more

Windstorms and wet ground can bring down trees in a hurry, like these that fell in downtown Kent in a storm in 2010. Kent Reporter file photo snow in the mountains, he said. Repairs have brought Howard Hanson Dam back to its flood-control capacity on the Green River before the mas“Don’t wait until sive winter storms of the storm strikes 2009. That means a to prepare – that’s return to what was too late.� Ted Buehner, considered a standard warning coordination flood risk for the meteorologist, National Green River. Weather Service Seattle The Cedar River is also controlled by a dam at the Chester Morse Reservoir, but that dam doesn’t hold back the water added downriver from creeks and runoff. The Cedar can flood, especially in the lowland areas in the Maple Valley area.

So what does all this mean? Simply, get ready – before the bad weather hits. As Buehner puts it, don’t wait for the ice to thaw, the wind to blow, the river to rise or the snow to fly. Get the car or truck ready for winter driving, buy chains (or find them), get your home ready for the cold onslaught and prepare an emergency kit for yourself and even your pets. Prepare to be on your own for at least three days. “Don’t wait until the storm strikes to prepare – that’s too late,� he said. This special section, WinterWise, will help you get ready for winter. There are preparation checklists for what to do inside and out. Much of what’s needed is already in hand, Buehner said; it just needs to be organized.

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you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate your neighborhood. • Assess. Each adult in your household should learn how and when to turn off utilities such as electricity, water and gas. Ask your local fire department to show you how to use a fire extinguisher. • Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur where you live, work and play. These events can vary from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood. • Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get important information.


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SANDBAGS ALONG THE GREEN RIVER ARE GONE Successful repairs to Howard Hanson Dam mean that most, if not all of the sandbags that lined the Green River Valley have been removed. All of the sandbags along the Green River Trail in Kent were removed in September. Some work in Tukwila was continued in late October. The City of Auburn awarded the contract to remove flood control barriers to Henderson Partners LLC, a Gig Harbor-based company, beginning in August. The Corps announced

last fall that it is once again operating the dam at full capacity. Removal will begin in August, and completion is expected by the end of the year. That decision means that the flood threat along the Green River has returned to what is normally expected. AGR Contracting, Inc., of Monroe, removed all of the sandbags in Kent, according to city officials. The company also has completed about 90 percent of repairs to cracks along the trail from the nearly 20,000 giant sandbags that sat along the levees for three

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METRO.KINGCOUNTY.GOV/UP/RR/SNOW.HTML Bookmark that website: It shows how Metro will keep you traveling by bus. BY KING COUNTY METRO TRANSIT

Metro has prepared for winter weather by planning snow routes for most bus routes, creating communication tools to keep riders informed about changes to service, and designing an Emergency Service Network that will operate during the most severe conditions. Use this information to learn how you can get the most out of Metro’s preparations. The information is available online at metro.kingcounty.gov/ up/rr/snow.html.

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When it snows, it is not possible to predict exactly how service will be affected or which Metro routes or trips may be revised or canceled. Metro may not be able to adhere to published schedule times. Unpredictable delays and other service disruptions

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may occur. Even pre-planned ice and snow reroutes do not always work. Metro’s ability to provide service during winter weather also depends on road conditions. Metro works with local jurisdictions to make it a priority to clear roads needed for transit. Safety is Metro’s primary concern, and we may make unplanned changes in service to keep you and our bus drivers safe during adverse driving conditions. The best approach to winter travel is to be prepared, stay informed, and have a backup plan.

Emergency Service Network During the worst weather or other emergencies, Metro may activate its Emergency Service Network (ESN). That means Metro service will be severely reduced to 52 core bus routes serving only key arterials and transit centers. Some neighborhoods and areas of the county will have no bus service because of difficult travel conditions or geography. The Snow, Ice & Flood map on Metro Online, metro.kingcounty.gov/ up/rr/snow.html, will be BLUE when

When streets are snowy or icy, Metro may reroute buses away from hills onto flatter roads. Buses may also shift from neighborhood streets onto arterials that are more likely to be plowed. To find the planned snow route for your bus, check the map in your printed time-table or on Metro Online. Be sure to have your route number. The maps will show the regular route and a dashed line for the snow route. Metro may operate chained shuttles along hilly portions of some routes to help connect riders to rerouted service. Chained shuttles are signed “Shuttle.�

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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, KNOW HOW TO BE NOTIFIED IN AUBURN (cut out this list and keep with your emergency information)

Auburn Alert/Code Red In the event of an emergency, the City can call you with important emergency information. The system can also send email and text message alerts. Sign up at www.auburnwa.gov or call 253-876-1925. Emergency email notification Sign up at www.auburnwa.gov Auburn Community Radio (AM 1700) Auburn Government Access Television Comcast channel 21

Like Us on Facebook www.facebook.com/auburnwa www.facebook.com/AuburnEM Regional Public Information Network (RPIN) Sign up to recieve email or text messages from local and regional agencies at www.rpin.org Battery powered NOAA Weather Radio Can be purchased at most stores that sell electronics Local television and radio stations

City of Auburn website www.auburnwa.gov/disaster Follow us on Twitter @auburnupdates 698270

2012 | WINTERWISE: A GUIDE TO WINTER SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS

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2012 | WINTERWISE: A GUIDE TO WINTER SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS

Safety Preparedness User Guide - 2012 WinterWise  

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