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Let’s weather the storm, TOGETHER

Storm safety

Rain and strong winds are a regular part of living in Western Washington. Will you be ready when the next big storm hits? We hope you’ll use the tips below to make sure you and your family are prepared.

In partnership with PSE providing, you safety and preparedness tips.


  • Keep your emergency kits handy.

  • Learn what to do if there is an outage.

  • Unplug sensitive electronic equipment such as computers

  • Know which natural gas appliances will continue to operate if there is an outage:

  • Natural gas water heaters

  • Gas log fireplaces

  • Gas ovens and ranges. If it uses electric ignition, have matches nearby to light the flame.

  • Natural gas barbeques. Remember: never bring a portable grill indoors.

· If you’re using a generator, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. See safety tips about portable generators. If you live in a flood zone, check out our flood safety tips.


  • Keep track of the storm as it develops.

  • If there is an outage:

  • Turn off lights and appliances.

  • Leave one light switch on so you'll know when your power is restored.

  • Use flashlights instead of candles.

  • Keep your freezer and refrigerator doors closed; open them only when it is necessary.

  • Never use a gas range, indoor cooker, charcoal or gas barbeque for heating.

  • Close curtains and drapes to keep the heat in.

  • Wear warm clothes in layers.

If the indoor temperature drops to 55 degrees or below, open your faucets so there is a constant drip to prevent pipes from freezing.

Stay safe by being prepared

1. Make a kit. Create a full emergency kit, using the checklist below.

2. Make a plan. Know what you’ll do if a natural disaster strikes.

3. Download the app. Download the myPSE app — the fastest way to report and track power outages during winter storms.

Create an emergency kit

Create an emergency kit that will keep you and your family safe and comfortable during a major power outage or natural disaster – and have it ready before disaster strikes. The following checklist will get you started. Make sure to include enough supplies to last at least three days for you, your family - and pets too.

Emergency kit checklist

1. Water for seven to 10 days (1 gallon per person, per day)

2. Food for seven to 10 days (non-perishable)

3. Cash (ATMs may not be working; small bills are best)

4. Flashlights

5. Radio (battery-powered or hand-crank)

6. Extra batteries

7. First aid kit

8. Whistle to signal for help

9. Sturdy shoes, gloves

10. Shelter items (tent, tarp, rope)

11. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air (cotton t-shirts can work)

12. Wrench to turn off utilities, such as natural gas or water

13. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for sanitation

14. Manual can opener

15. Multipurpose (A-B-C) fire extinguisher

16. Unique family needs (supplies for infants, pets; prescription and over-the-counter medications; emergency phone numbers, important documents)

Preparing multiple kits, for home, work and your vehicle, is a good idea.

Make sure to include enough supplies to last at least three days for you, your family, and your pets. Preparing kits for home, work and your vehicle is a good idea.

Be prepared.

Have a plan.

And let’s weather the storm, TOGETHER.

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