While the rest of the country prepares for big snow storms, here in the Northwest we need to get ready for our version of winter. Rain, wind and ice are on their way. Already this season we’ve seen power outages from downed trees, spin out auto accidents from icy roads and flooding. While those of us who live on flood prone rivers could write the book about flood prepping, even a condo in the city can experience house flooding.
Thinking about disaster is never fun, and it often hits the back burner, so if time is limited just start by taking this short list of basics to the store. Stock up yourself or use it to create a great holiday gift for someone you love.
|Winter Driving||Chains & instructions for putting them on*
Snow shovel and ice scraper in the car
with space blanket
Check tire tread. Consider winter radials if you travel over the passes.
Have your insurance card in the car, especially if you have emergency road service coverage.
|Winter Sidewalks||Rock salt is environmentally safe and melts ice on driveways, sidewalks and front steps.|
|Check gutters to clear debris and ensure they direct water away from the foundation of the house.
Clear drains, a much city flooding comes from clogged drains.
Add weather stripping to doors to prevent water from coming in under them.
Test sump pump to ensure it is working.
Seal walls in basement with waterproofing compounds.
|Power Outage||Consider getting a gas powered standby generator or another alternate heating source.
Stockpile wood now for fireplace/stove.
Long burning safety candles
Batteries for the flashlight.
Keep car fueled up as power outages disable gas pumps.
Trim or remove trees on your property that could fall on your house or power lines.
Safety first! Never use portable generators or barbeques in the house – they produce lethal carbon monoxide. You can’t smell it and it can kill you.
Learn more about preparing for disasters at www.ready.gov. Washington Energy is here 365 days a year to help you stay warm and dry this winter. For more information on standby generators, or for plumbing and drain cleaning, give us a call at 800-398-4663.
*Note: chains are not recommended for use on some models of all wheel drive vehicles. Consult your auto maker.
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