Prepare for a Windstorm

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High winds can create large-scale outages which may take hours or even days to restore. Here are a few tips to help you minimize the impact of these storms.

What should I do when a tree falls and knocks down a power line?

• Never touch or approach a downed wire or ANYTHING in contact with the wire.

• Call 911 immediately.

• If wires have fallen on your car, stay in your vehicle until first responders arrive. They will let you know when it’s safe to exit the vehicle. The wires could be energized and you could be electrocuted.

Vegetation management is a simple way to clear the branches and shrubbery on your property. To learn more about City Light’s Vegetation Management program, visit www.seattle.gov/city-light/in-the-community/vegetation-management.

How can I keep myself and others safe in a windstorm?

• Secure outdoor items such as patio furniture, decorations, gutters, etc. to keep them from blowing away and causing damage.

• Develop a preparedness plan. Create a pack that will last up to seven days and designate an interior room of your dwelling to take shelter.

• Have a first-aid kit and enough water, non-perishable food, flashlights and blankets for every household member. Pets included!

• If driving, get to shelter or use your vehicle for shelter if no buildings are close by. Watch for trees and powerlines that may potentially fall and avoid big vehicles like trucks, trailers, and buses.

• If you are in a mobile home, find sturdier shelter as these can blow over in strong winds.

• If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts, and sheds are NOT safe.