The National Weather Service has predicted that the Pacific Northwest may see gale force winds and 4 inches of rain when the remnants of Typhoon Songda hits the coast Thursday afternoon through the weekend. We might expect urban flooding, high winds power failures and falling tree limbs.
Take these steps to get ready:
- Create an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your home and office. Kits prepared for vehicle road travel and winter weather evacuation go-kits are also advised.
- Don’t forget to have food/water for your pets!
- Make a plan with your family and those who depend on you.
- Stay informed and know the weather approaching so you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.
Every winter, homes are damaged by windstorms, heavy rain and freezing temperatures. By taking a few simple precautions, you can save time, money and stress as winter storms hit.
Before the cold hits:
- Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces, basement, attic and garage. Exposed water pipes in these unheated areas are more susceptible to freezing and potential bursting.
- Drain and disconnect garden hoses and sprinkler systems and place insulated caps over hose bibs.
- Know where your water shut-off valve is located.
- Clean gutters, make sure they are properly aligned, securely attached to home and that downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation.
- Make sure storm drains near your home are clear of debris to avoid flooding.
- Replace weather stripping around doors and caulk around windows. Seal leaks and close foundation vents to miminize cold air entering your home. Open the vents again in spring to prevent dry rot.
- Check your roof for loose or damaged shingles.
- Make sure flashing is secure around vents and chimneys.
- Make sure your fireplace flue is clear and the damper opens and closes properly.
- Have your furnace serviced and a clean air filter installed.
For more winter safety tips, visit http://takewinterbystorm.org/