Be prepared for winter!

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Release Date: Nov. 13, 2014

Cold weather, strong winds, power outages -- they can all be part of winter. So please get yourself prepared! Here are some tips and resources:

  • If power outages occur, find places where you can go to get warm. Friends and family may have power and warm homes you can visit. Updated shelter locations will be posted at www.kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare/news/2010/November/22ColdWeather.aspx Please reference, in the event of power outages.
  • Dress warmly in loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent and natural wool, if possible.
  • Wear a hat. More than half of body heat is lost through the top of the head.
  • Wear mittens that are snug at the wrist. Mittens offer better protection than gloves which allow your fingers to cool much faster.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf to help protect lungs from cold air.
  • Keep yourself and your clothes dry. Change wet socks and all other wet clothing as quickly as possible to prevent loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses its insulation value and transmits heat rapidly.

Additional information can be found at:

Take Winter by Storm: www.Takewinterbystorm.org
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm

Limited English Speaking Communities

Translated information in multiple languages from ECHO - Many refugee and immigrant communities may be less familiar with staying safe in cold weather (i.e. snow safety, fall prevention and preparedness information). Please refer to the information on the ECHO website, which includes audio, video and written translations in multiple languages that can be referenced and shared with staff and clients.

Carbon Monoxide - English and translated information and flyers

Carbon Monoxide – Video in Somali

Carbon Monoxide – Video in English

Hypothermia - English and translated information

Shelter and Road Information