Residents and Businesses Encouraged to Prepare for Winter Weather

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From the City of Kirkland News Room:

Winter officially arrives December 21 and the City of Kirkland encourages its residents and businesses to prepare for this year’s weather season.

In the event of snow requiring street maintenance, the City will give first priority for snow plowing on roads that are near Evergreen Hospital and lead to and from I-405, transit routes, schools and fire stations. Second priority will be given to arterials that have above normal traffic use. Steep and hilly public roadways that are difficult to maintain will be closed. To view the Snow Plow Priority Routes map, go to www.ci.kirkland.wa.us/emergency. To report hazardous road conditions, flooding or other dangers in the public-right-of-way within Kirkland city limits, call the Public Works Maintenance Center at 425-587-3900 (24-hours).

Winter Driving

Should there be snow, icy or hazardous road conditions, drivers are encouraged to stay off roadways. If you have to drive, stock your car with basic safety equipment such as jumper cables, ice scraper, tow chains, tire chains and a small shovel. Vehicles should also have road flares, blankets, gloves, warm clothing, flashlights with batteries and a first aid kit. If you must drive, allow ample time to reach your destination and keep your gas tank full.

Personal Preparedness & Home Safety

Citizens and businesses are reminded to have emergency supplies for home, work and vehicles. Citizens should have their emergency kits ready including food, water, alternative shelter, a land-line telephone, transistor/battery-operated radio and other tools that can help them respond to an emergency.

The American Red Cross encourages residents to check on their neighbors who have special needs, such as disabled persons and seniors.

Remember to use alternate heat sources safely and wisely. Follow manufacturers’ instructions. Adequately vent fueled space heaters (e.g. kerosene, propane, alcohol) to avoid fatal carbon monoxide gas buildup. Do not use outdoor grills, camp stoves, or generators indoors, including in garages, as they may cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

City Emergency Public Information

Emergency public information will be made available on the City’s website atwww.ci.kirkland.wa.us/emergency, recorded to the 24-hour emergency hotline at 425-587-3767, posted to KGOV Channel 21 and KLIFE Channel 75 and emailed via the Neighborhood EBulletin. To subscribe to the e-bulletin, go to the City’s website and click on the “Kirkland Email Alerts” icon. City recreation programs will be cancelled per Lake Washington School District’s school cancellation policy.

To receive regional emergency news alerts, subscribe to the Regional Public Information Network (RPIN) at www.rpin.org.

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