JANUARY 6, 1997
Winter Storm '96: What to do now, what to do next time
Assess the damage
Now that the snow has melted and the floodwaters have receded, local and county emergency management personnel are working to collect damage information. This information is vital in their ability to make the case for a federal disaster claim.
Report the damage
The King County Emergency Management Division has established the hotline number 206-205-8171 for residents, business owners, and farmers to report damage from the recent winter storm.
Prepare for the next power outage
Follow these guidelines to prepare for and cope with the next power outage, including safe operating practices for home generators.
After a disaster
It's not easy to maintain a sense of calm following a natural disaster. But following a list of chores such as these can return a semblance of normalcy, while accomplishing some important tasks.
Health department recommends safety measures
The State Department of Health has issued several recommendations for the storage and consumption of food supplies in a power outage. Those affected by an outage can help prevent foodborne illness by following a few simple guidelines.
Storm debris cleanup options
With the holiday storms, your yard may be looking a little under the weather. Cleaning up the mess isn't as simple as lighting a bonfire, either.
Minimize flood damage to mobile/manufactured homes
Quick response could save most flood-damaged mobile or manufactured homes from major structural damage, says the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Stay away from flood waters and moving water. Just six inches of swiftly-moving water can knock people off their feet, and cars can be swept away by only two feet of water.
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