Get Ready for Winter Weather at Home

Please take a moment to ensure you are prepared for winter weather at home:

  • Make an emergency plan and assemble an emergency kit.
  • Buy flood insurance now if you live in an area prone to flooding. It takes 30 days for a policy to take effect. Review your current policy; a standard insurance policy typically doesn’t cover flood damage.
  • Have a plan to relocate your family and any pets or livestock out of harm’s way.
  • Purchase an inexpensive battery-operated or hand-crank radio and fresh batteries so you can receive urgent news day and night even in a power outage.
  • Bookmark the King County Flood Warning System webpage to get current flood data. Monitor area news media for information if severe weather is predicted.
  • Listen for alerts about evacuation routes or find the latest evacuation route information.
  • Monitor local road conditions and obey closure signs. Driving or walking through standing water is the leading cause of flood-related deaths.
  • Multilingual documents about personal preparedness are available in many different languages. Please share this with family or friends who may speak languages other than English.