Still warmer than normal

Crossposted from KC Emergency News While we won’t see temperatures in the mid-90s like last weekend, temperatures remain warmer than normal. So, take precautions: When playing or working outdoors, wear sunscreen and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and heat. Drink plenty of fluids. (See more safety tips in earlier post below). Adhere to water safety directives when boating or swimming in pools, rivers, and lakes. Always wear a life vest, even if you consider yourself a strong swimmer. Remember that fire danger remains high and a burn ban is still in… Read More

Emergency alert and notification system for King County employees

In light of the recent power outage and gas leak, stay connected to know what’s going on during a significant event or emergency situation. King County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has invested in an emergency alert and notification system, used to communicate to County employees and the public during an emergency. There are two services you can sign up for: ALERT King County for regional public emergency alerts. Subscribers to ALERT King County will receive emergency, life safety and other important messages. The service is free to King County residents. Register… Read More

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… Read More

Be prepared for an earthquake

Last week’s earthquake in California is a good reminder that we need to be prepared for an earthquake in Washington state. Our goal is always to continue providing as many County services as possible in an emergency, while also ensuring the safety of our employees. When reporting to work, remember to let safety be your guide for commute decisions and while doing your job, and check with your supervisor or manager for specific information or directions. Please follow these general tips on earthquake preparedness both at home and at work: