Kirkland Residents and Businesses Encouraged to Prepare for Winter Weather

 

The City of Kirkland encourages its residents and businesses to prepare for this year’s weather season.  Weather forecasters are expecting a La Nina winter season to bring wetter and colder than normal weather.

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.  To learn more about disaster preparedness including a supply kit checklist, go to www.takewinterbystorm.org.

 

The American Red Cross encourages residents to check on their neighbors who have special needs, such as disabled persons and seniors, during emergencies or winter weather storms.

 

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.

Snow/Ice Removal on Roadways

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.kirklandwa.gov/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.

 

Garbage/Recycling Collection During Winter Weather Events

Should weather conditions delay Waste Management’s (WM) collection times, updates will be posted at www.wmnorthwest.com/weatherboard or can be obtained by calling WM at 1-800-592-9995.  In the event, WM cancels collection services due to an inclement weather event, customers can put out a double load of garbage and recyclables on their next regular service day at no extra cost.   Since a double load of garbage will be picked up on the next regular service day, no credits will be given for the missed collection day.  If collection service is cancelled for a second consecutive service day due to unsafe weather conditions, WM and the City will coordinate the set up of collection sites within the City.  Credit will not be given for missed collection.  For more information on collection sites, visitwww.kirklandwa.gov and search “Bad Weather Collection.”

 

City Public Information

During a weather event, public information will be made available on the City’s website at www.kirklandwa.gov, posted to “KGOV” Comcast Channel 21/Frontier Channel 31 and “Klife” Comcast Channel 75/Frontier Channel 32, and emailed via the “Neighborhood News E-Bulletin.”  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.