Wet and windy weather is here!

wet-and-windyWet and windy weather has arrived and is expected to worsen over the coming hours.

Please prepare for possible disruptions and delays in this evening’s commute and again this weekend as we face two consecutive storm systems forecast by the National Weather Service.

High winds and rain might create potential travel delays, power outages, and temporarily closed roads. The King County Department of Transportation recommends Metro bus and water taxi riders and people who travel unincorporated county roads monitor weather reports and connect to information available from King County, including travel alerts.

Resources for travelers

Prepare for Wind Storm

  • Learn what your child’s school and daycare policies and procedures are for possible early release and facility closures.
  • Fuel up your vehicle and allow extra commute time home from work or school.
  • Locate flashlights, radio, and extra batteries should you experience a power outage at home
  • Plan pre-cooked meals for your family that don’t require a stove-top, microwave, or oven to prepare.
  • Make sure pets have appropriate shelter to stay warm and safe from falling debris.
  • Ask your supervisor how you will be notified if power outages impact your worksite.
  • Get more tips, utility contacts, and preparedness checklists at http://takewinterbystorm.org/wind/.

Stay Informed: During an emergency make sure you’re getting the latest King County information on how you are affected, at work and at home:

  • Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it in your phone now!).
  • Check your King County email.
  • Go to www.kcemployees.com.
  • Contact your supervisor.
  • Follow King County on Twitter—@kcnews, @kcemployees, and @kcmetrobus.
  • Check your agency website or Intranet (if applicable), and monitor local media channels.
  • Visit the Emergency News page at www.kcemergency.com for regional impacts. 

HR Policies: When an agency remains open, but conditions prevent you from reporting to work or from reporting on time, notify your supervisor as soon as possible. You may request leave, subject to approval by your supervisor. If you have no leave accrued, your supervisor may approve leave without pay to cover absences. Sick leave may not be used. Refer to HR Bulletin 2011-0009 County Operations During Emergency Situations and Inclement Weather (Sheriff’s Office employees refer to KCSO Inclement Weather Policy; Superior Court and District Court employees please see check court policies).

Recent posts from KC Emergency News about this upcoming weather are: