Prepare for winter weather conditions before a storm hits

It’s that time of year again. Fall and winter months typically bring a variety of weather conditions to our region – flooding, freezing temperatures, high winds, snow and ice – that can impact your home, commute, and workplace with little notice. King County Emergency Management urges everyone to take time now to get ready and stay informed.

Take action now

Your safety, and that of your family, is a top priority. Taking a few steps now to plan ahead will give you peace of mind and help you make good decisions in an emergency:

  • Talk to your supervisor about your role in an emergency and know how to contact them.
  • Ask your supervisor about workplace policies, procedures, and how you will be notified if there are weather-related impacts to your worksite. (Also check out HR policies linked below.)
  • Learn what your child’s school and daycare policies and procedures are for possible early release and facility closures.
  • Locate flashlights, radio, and extra batteries should you experience a power outage at home.
  • Store non-perishable 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.
  • Get more tips, utility contacts, and weather preparedness checklists at takewinterbystorm.org.

Stay Informed

During a severe weather event or other 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 to your phone now!).
  • Check your King County email for specific directives and updates. Log on at outlook.kingcounty.gov.
  • Go to kcemployees.com/emergency-info for answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Contact your supervisor for instructions.
  • Follow King County on Twitter—@kcemployees, @KingCountyWA, and @kcmetrobus.
  • Check your agency website or Intranet (if applicable), and monitor local media channels.
  • Visit the Emergency News page at kcemergency.com for regional impacts. 
  • KCInform: Make sure you can be reached in a major emergency. If you haven’t yet registered your personal contact or work cell information in KCInform, please contact kcinform@kingcounty.gov anytime or 206-296-3830 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday to request your unique registration link. Watch this short video to learn more or visit our website. 

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).

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