In preparation for this week's upcoming severe weather , the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management offers these additional tips to weather the storm:
- Fill your vehicle with gas and have plenty of gas to operate generators.
- Make sure you have enough supplies including water, food, flashlights, warm clothing, blankets, a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, medications, food/water for your pets, and any personal care items.
- Contact family members and advise them to take precautions and have an emergency communications plan.
- Check on neighbors who are elderly or disabled before and after the windstorm to make sure they are prepared and haven’t been hurt.
- Before the winds get too strong, take a few moments to secure any items that may blow away or become damaged by the winds.
- If the winds are severe, please take shelter in your home and don’t forget your pets! Please stay off the roads if at all possible.
- Do not, under any circumstances, go near downed power lines. Be aware that the ground near downed power lines may also be electrified.
- Do not, use outdoor cooking equipment (BBQs) inside the home and do not leave children and/or pets unattended with propane heaters, candles, or other open flames.
- Only call 9-1-1 to report a life threatening emergency.