Standing room only crowd talks storm season prep 

A record-breaking crowd of 170+ attended the 8th annual Winter Weather Seminar on Oct. 29, hosted by King County Emergency Management and regional service providers.

As critical partners in winter weather preparedness, response, and recovery, the event brought together businesses, non-profits, and public professionals to discuss preparations for the coming winter storm season, review lessons learned from “Snowmageddon”, and talk about building partnerships to stay resilient. Fresh on everyone’s mind was flooding on the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers and forecasts for possible early snow, which may have contributed to the high turnout.

Participants were welcomed by King County Executive Dow Constantine and Councilmember Kathy Lambert. Executive Constantine used the occasion to praise King County Search and Rescue efforts during last winter’s snow emergency and linked current preparations to the County’s update to our Strategic Climate Action Plan. Councilmember Lambert stressed the value of both personal and community preparedness.

Timely and helpful information presented by National Weather Service-Seattle, Puget Sound Energy, King County Emergency Management, Metro Transit, King County Roads, the Flood Warning Center, and Public Health highlighted available resources and reaffirmed the importance of agencies working closely together in battling whatever this winter season brings.