Be prepared for wind and potential power outages

A high wind warning is in effect today, Tuesday, Dec. 27, from approximately 1 p.m. until 1 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, with a risk of power outages in King County. Here are helpful emergency preparedness resources:

Power outages: If you are teleworking and experience a power outage that affects your ability to effectively work remotely, please contact your supervisor to discuss other options for completing work tasks. These may include taking leave or working from your regular King County worksite.

If you work on site, please be prepared for winter weather. Have a plan for your commute, dress warmly, and let safety be your guide when making commute decisions. If you drive, have an emergency kit in your vehicle, including extra clothing, food, water, and a flashlight.

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. Additionally, during inclement weather, department management may determine that a function or service can be fulfilled by an employee while telecommuting. 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).

Alternative work arrangements: If you are impacted by the weather, adjusting your work schedules, working at an alternative location, or taking vacation may be options for your job. Please discuss these beforehand with your supervisor.

Stay informed: Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of inclement weather.

  • Sign up for KCInform, King County’s employee alert and warning system. KCInform is used to reach County employees during an emergency with timely information about infrastructure disruptions, facility impacts, changes in your department’s business operations, and other critical impacts. Your King County desk phone and email are already in the system. It is important to register your County-issued cell phone (if applicable) and personal cell phone and email address to ensure you receive time-sensitive messages. This service is free, and your personal contact information is secure and protected. To sign up, please contact anytime or 206-296-3830 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday to request your unique registration link. Visit the KCInform website to learn more or watch our short video.  
  • Call the Employee Hotline at 206-205-8600 (save it to your phone now!).
  • Check your King County email for information on business operations, delays, and closures. Log on at Some agencies may send additional instructions directly to their staff.
  • Contact your supervisor for specific instructions.
  • Visit the Emergency News page at for regional impacts.

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