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Get ready for wet weather, Page 10

Emergency information, Page 12

Forecasts call for mild temperatures, but more rainfall this winter in Washington

Where to find sandbags, Page 14

Staying warm and safe Page 11

Behind the wheel, Page 15

Follow these safety tips when burning wood for heat, candles for ambiance

Prepare yourself and your vehicle before setting out in icy conditions

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Get ready for water this winter Experts forecast a mild winter with lots of precipitation for entire state Our forecast for the coming winter looks to be mild in temperature, but stormy. The anticipated La Nina chill, if it arrives, is likely to be weak, if it’s at all noticeable in the coming months. For November, December, January and February, the Office of the Washington State Climatologist has projected equal chances of warmer, colder and normal temperatures, but a greater than normal chance of precipitation, and that means flooding, so it’s time to update your family flood plans and your emergency kits. If you’re wondering what the averages for this area are, according to the website, just over seven inches of rain fell in October 2015, while temperatures ranged from 59 to 79 degrees. Last November the highs averaged in the high 40s, with lows in the mid 30s, and nearly 13 inches of precipitation — which accounts for the numerous small flooding events that kept the Upper Valley damp from October to early December. The 2015 December highs were in the mid 40s, with lows in the mid 30s and another 19 inches of precipitation. January 2016 brought highs around 50 degrees, lows around 40 and 8.6 inches of rain, and by February, temperatures were in the mid 50s with lows around 41 degrees and another 8 inches of rainfall. For detailed, local, weather information, visit

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Get prepared, even on a budget Getting ready for winter flooding or other disasters doesn’t have to be a budget-breaker. Try these suggestions for getting ready, without going broke. Create your own list for a kit. You may not need everything included in the kits available for sale, and there may be additional items you need based on your personal situation. For example, if you have pets, you may need special items. Don’t forget to have supplies in your car and at work. Look around your home first for items you can add to your kit. You may be surprised how many items you already have that just need to be pulled together. Budget emergency preparedness items as a normal expense. Even $20 a month can go a long way to helping you be ready. Buy one preparedness item each time you go to the grocery store. Save by shopping sales. Use coupons and shop at stores with camping supplies and used goods. Test your emergency preparedness kit every six months. Replace and cycle through only those items that have a shelf life, such as water, food and batteries. You may want to test the radio and flashlight at the same time to make sure they are in working order. Use Daylight Savings dates, Nov. 6 this year, as your preparedness test reminder dates. Store water in safe containers. You don’t have to buy more expensive bottled water, but make sure any containers you use for water storage are safe and disinfected. Request preparedness items as gifts. Better than a gift you’ll never use, your friends and family members can give you gifts that could save your life. Don’t forget to protect them with preparedness gifts, too. Think ahead. You are more likely to save money if you can take your time with focused and strategic shopping. It’s when everyone is at the store right before a storm hits that you might buy things in urgency. Use a list to avoid duplicating items when you are stressed or panicked. Consider giving up one family night out to fund your family emergency preparedness kit.

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Keep safety in mind when burning wood In 2015, one home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds, according to the National Fire Protection Association. To protect your family and home, check out these tips.

Safety Devices Double check all of your home’s safety devices, including carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms for functionality and to ensure batteries are still working. Doing so will offer you greater peace of mind during a time of year with additional fire risks.

Fireplaces Nothing beats the charm and warmth of a fireplace. Heatilator, a leader in fireplace safety, offer these safety tips: • Ensure gas fireplaces are outfitted with safety screens. • Never leave children or pets unattended near a lit fireplace or one that was recently turned off. • Safety screens are meant to protect against contact with hot glass, but remember that the metal can also StatePoint Photo heat up, and your heating equipment — fireplaces, Keep your family both warm and safe this winter by followstoves, inserts and their surrounding material — will ing simple safety precautions with fireplaces, wood stoves and remain hot for some time after use. candles. • Consider annual maintenance for both woodburning and gas fireplaces, as recommended by • Don’t burn candles near curtains, or other flammable experts. objects. •Visit for additional fireplace safety • Never leave candles unattended. Ensure all flames tips and information on safety screens. are extinguished before leaving a room and before going to sleep. Candles • If you have pets or children, make sure any open Candles can be a feast for the senses, but they are flames are well out of their reach and consider alternaalso a major cause of accidents and house fires. tives such as candle warmers.

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Mark Rigos, Director of Emergency Services Normal hours: (425) 8880486 Emergency Operations Center: (425) 888-0486 After Hours Emergency Contact: 425-736-7697 Tanner Electric: (425) 888-0623 Puget Sound Energy : (888) 225-5773 Seattle City Light: (206) 684-7400 or (206) 684-3000 Police: (425) 888-3333 Fire: (425) 313-3200 Emergency Radio: AM 1650

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Flood safety checklists for your home and your business Get ready for possible floods this winter with the National Flood Insurance Program’s business and home checklist. Flooding is one of the most common natural phenomena across the country and can be devastating, but proper prepa-

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Before a flood Here are steps you can take to ensure safety and simplify claims:

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• File your flood claim. Ask if you can begin clean-up immediately; •Separate undamaged items; • Keep an inventory of all damaged items, age and value, regardless of their coverage; • Keep samples of carpets and flooring removed from each room; • Keep estimates from contractors to show to your adjustor and provide receipts from prior claims. • Keep receipts for everything • Sign the proof of loss within 60 days of the date of loss. Supplemental claims can address discrepancies

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Protecting your business • Review your insurance policies

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• Establish a disaster procedure and emergency communications plan to share with your employees. • Create a wallet-size contact card with important names and number, in case of emergency. • Set up a phone or text message tree with your staff. • Tune in to local media and community messaging about potential disasters.

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Flood safety: Where to find sandbags around the Snoqualmie Valley Winter in the Snoqualmie Valley usually brings with it a flood event, or several. Protect your home and property with sandbags, through the free King County Sandbag Program. Sandbags serve as a barrier to divert moving water, which can prevent or reduce flood water. In 2009, the King County Council passed legislation to create locations for the stockpiling and distribution of sand and sandbags. The locations are the result of partnerships with local towns and cities that already offer sandbags to their residents. Sandbag locations, open to King County residents, include: · Carnation: City of Carnation Public Works, 33100 N.E. 45th St., Carnation; Sandbags and sand are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. · Fall City: King County Roads facility, 33719 S.E. 44th Pl., Fall City; Open 24/7, self-service, limited to 25 sandbag per vehicle. · North Bend: City of North Bend Public Works Shops, 1155 E. North Bend Way, North Bend; Sandbags and sand available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Selfservice, shovels available. Check in with the office before bagging. · Snoqualmie: City of Snoqualmie, Railroad Ave S.E. and S.E. King St. Snoqualmie; Call Snoqualmie Public Works (425) 831-4919 for an appointment to pick up sand and sandbags. During a flood call the Emergency Operations Center 425-888-5911 for sandbags. · Black Diamond: King County Roads Facility, 20827 S.E. Auburn Black Diamond Rd., Black Diamond; Open 24/7, self-service, limited to 25 sandbags per vehicle. · Kent: City of Kent, Russell Road Park between Russell Rd. and S. 240th St. Kent, N.E. corner of parking lot; Self-service sandbags and sand are available, bring your own shovel. · Renton: King County Roads Facility, 155 Monroe Ave N.E., Renton; Open 24/7, self-service, limited to 25 sandbag per vehicle. · Skykomish: King County Roads Facility, 74212 Old Cascade Hwy Skykomish; Open 24/7, self-service, limited to 25 sandbag per vehicle. For the latest information on where to find sandbags as well as instructions on how best to fill and use sandbags,

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Snow and ice: Prepare your vehicle, emergency kit, and yourself for winter driving

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King County’s Search and Rescue volunteers recommend that all recreation users carry 10 essentials with them. So does AAA, only for drivers. Most items in the 10 Essentials, pictured above, are the same: Insulation (extra layers of clothing plus a hat), food and water, a source of light, a map and compass or GPS, matches, first-aid supplies, a repair kit, sunscreen, and emergency shelter. Add jumper cables and tire chains and you have it all.





Winter may be a mild one this year, but snow and ice have a way of popping up at the least convenient times. Be ready for winter driving conditions with a couple of useful suggestions, starting from the ground up. Before you head onto any road this winter, check your tire pressure. For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, your tires can lose about 1 pound per square inch (PSI) of pressure. To determine the right pressure for your tires, check the manufacturer’s recommendations on the inside of the door frame. Winter tires and tire chains are also options, just be sure to check the calendar if you plan to use studded tires. Winter tires are designed to remain flexible in cold temperatures, allowing for better traction. Chains are removable traction devices good for temporary use. Studded tires, which have actual metal studs embedded in the tread, are legal in Washington only from Nov. 1 to March 31. Unless the period is extended, drivers using studded tires beyond these dates could be subject to fines. Aside from the hit to a driver’s gas mileage, using studded tires when they’re not needed can cause significant road abrasion. Ruts on the roadway can cause safety issues such as standing water on roadways, hydroplaning, and excessive road spray. Next, know your braking system. If you have anti-lock brakes, remember to apply firm, steady pressure, instead of pumping the brakes. Let the system do the work. As the driver, your work is to be aware of conditions. Check the weather forecast

before you set out and monitor conditions as you go. Slow down in uncertain conditions and increase your following distance. Use extra caution on bridges and overpasses, which usually freeze first, and remember, four-wheel drive vehicles do not stop or steer better on ice. If you do start to slide, don’t panic. Steer the car in the direction you want to go, and brake gradually. Do not slam on the brakes. Always keep a winter driving kit in your vehicle, too. AAA recommends making sure you pack these 10 essential items in your winter driving kit in case you encounter snowy or icy road conditions: · Cell phone and charger for making emergency calls · Warning devices (flares, triangles or other visual alert) · First aid kit · Flashlight with new batteries · Non-perishable food and water · Blankets and warm clothing including hat and gloves · Jumper cables · Abrasive material (sand or cat litter) or traction mats and a small shovel · Ice scraper for clearing car and windows · Tire chains Once you’ve checked all your preparations and your supplies, check your instincts, too. If you don’t feel safe driving in the conditions, don’t go.

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Before power goes out: • Prepare an emergency kit, including a radio, flashlight, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, emergency contact information, water, and non-perishable food. • Keep flashlights, extra batteries handy at work, too. • Keep cell phones, smart phones, laptops and tablets) fully charged. If you are traveling, bring chargers with you. • Test your emergency generator at the start of the season. • Install battery-powered carbon monoxide alarms and test the batteries regularly.

During an outage: • Report power outages or downed power lines. Call PSE at 1 (888) 225-5773 for out-

ages, or call 911 about gas leaks or downed power lines. • Use flashlights instead of light sources with open flames. • Phone calls may not go through during network outages, so use text messaging instead. • Use a wireless device to view updates on power outages. • The PSE outage map is available at vices/ ServiceAlert/Pages/Outage-Map.aspx?WT. ac=Flyout-OutageMap. • Stay away from downed power lines; If you are near one, shuffle your feet as you move away from it, to prevent ground shock. If a power line falls on your car while you are driving, stay inside and wait for help. • Never use charcoal or gas grills indoors. They can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. • Follow all instructions when operating a generator and never operate them indoors or near windows and doors. • Stay informed. Tune your radio in to local media for updates.

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