Emergency Management

City of DuPont windstorm update and safety cautions
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 22nd, 2006 at 11:16 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 20, 2006 CONTACT: Jenny Sharp, Fire Prevention Specialist (253) 255-6025 or jsharp@ci.dupont.wa.us City of DuPont Responds to Winter Storm DuPont, WA –As wind gusts reached close to 70 m.p.h. last week, the City of DuPont is working to assess and repair damages as quickly as possible. Although power has been restored to most of the City, some businesses and residents are still in the dark.

Damages are being assessed, while Public Works crews are clearing fallen trees from roadways and trails. The City’s trails are scattered with many fallen trees and limbs and it is the City’s recommendation to stay off the trails until the trails are restored. Please be advised of areas with ribbon or cones that are set up for safety purposes.

Pierce County residents who experienced damages to their homes or businesses are asked to call their insurance company and then the Department of Emergency Management at 1-866-798-6363 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please be ready to supply:

  Name and address of the affected property

  Type of insurance (homeowners), including deductible

  Description of damage, even if uninsured

  Personal estimate of damages

  Estimates of the fair market value of the damaged home or business

This information is important for county emergency management officials to provide state officials to use for any possible request for a major disaster declaration.

Due to loss of electricity, LeMay has provided the City with a receptacle for spoiled food. The bin is located on Manchester Place and can be used until Saturday, December 23rd. A designated area has been provided for tree limbs and other storm debris and will be available through January 15, 2007. Tree limbs and debris should be piled in the designated area and should not be placed in the dumpster. Manchester Place is located off of Center Drive between Edmonds Village and Steilacoom-DuPont Road. For other debris drop- off sites, please call 253-798-4115.

The City is in the process of assessing hazardous trees and as resources become available will begin their removal. This process will take several weeks to accomplish.

Please use the following tips to ensure health and life safety : Although the ambiance of a fireplace is relaxing and warm, the danger of having them without protective screens is very dangerous. These screens prevent sparks from flying in the room and can prevent burns.

  Be sure to keep children away from the fireplace, as their height allows them to become burn victims very easily. –

  The glass front of the fireplace is very hot and cannot protect people or things from coming in contact with the heat. –

  Do not to burn trash or paper in your fireplace, as the debris can float up the chimney and onto the roof. –

  When removing ashes, be sure to remove them in a metal container and do not store them indoors. –

  Prior to using your fireplace, be sure that it is in good working condition . Space heaters are very useful during the winter, but remember to give them space!

  Be sure the space heater is at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from anything that can burn, including paper, furniture and even walls. – Do not use gas or charcoal grills, hibachi or portable propane heaters to cook or heat your home. They are very handy, but only if they are used properly. Candles can be used in various capacities, including decoration or light during a power outage. When using candles, be sure they are in candle holders that will not tip over.

  Be sure they are kept away from furniture, curtains, decorative trees and any other combustibles. –

  Do not leave candles unattended or in the reach of children.

  Be sure to properly extinguish the candles before leaving the room or going to sleep.

  As always, be sure to keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

  Before you light candles, be sure you are using them safely to avoid a fire or injury. Power outages can last from a few hours to a few days, so be sure to be aware of safety concerns.

  Make sure you have a disaster preparedness kit that contains light sticks, extra batteries, and flashlights. –

  If you own an electric garage door opener, know how to open the door without power. –

  Do not use gas ovens, gas ranges, or barbeques for indoor heating. They can create carbon monoxide that can cause suffocation. –

  Use foods that can spoil first. –

  If in doubt, throw it out! If food does not feel cold, especially meat and dairy products, throw it away to avoid food-borne illness.

For more information or a copy of the Washington Military Department Emergency Management Divisions Emergency Resource Handbook, contact the City of DuPont Fire Department at (253) 964-8414. # # #