Emergency Management

Corrected – current shelter openings
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 20th, 2008 at 7:12 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 20, 2008 – There are currently five shelters open in Pierce County. They are:

  • The Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church 7700 Skansie Blvd. in Gig Harbor
  • Buckley Community Center 127 N. River Dr. in Buckley
  • Sunrise Baptist Church 12115 Shaw Rd. E. in Puyallup
  • Key Peninsula Community Church 17015 9th St. KPN in Lakebay
  • Key Peninsula Lutheran Church 4213 Lackey Rd. in Lakebay
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Eighth shelter opens in Pierce County
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 20th, 2008 at 3:22 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 20, 2008 – An eighth emergency shelter is opening in Pierce County. The Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will open at 5 p.m. this afternoon. It is located at 4814 Rosedale St. NW in Gig Harbor.

Other shelters include:

  • Bethany Baptist Church 713 S. Hill Park Drive in Puyallup
  • Puyallup Nazarene Church 1026 7th Ave SW in Puyallup
  • Buckley Community Center (opens at 4 p.m.) 127 N. River Dr. in Buckley
  • Edgewood Community Church (opened at 1 p.m.) 1720 Meridian E. in Edgewood
  • Sunrise Baptist Church (opens at 7 p.m. – please bring sleeping bags or blankets) 12115 Shaw Rd. E. in Puyallup
  • Key Peninsula Community Church 17015 9th St. KPN in Lakebay Key
  • Peninsula Lutheran Church 4213 Lackey Rd. in Lakebay
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Two Puyallup shelters opened
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 20th, 2008 at 2:04 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 20, 2008 – Two more shelters have opened in the Puyallup area. Both are ready immediately.

  • Bethany Baptist Church 713 S. Hill Park Drive in Puyallup
  • Puyallup Nazarene Church 1026 7th Ave SW in Puyallup

Other shelters in Pierce County are:

  • Buckley Community Center (opens at 4 p.m.) 127 N. River Road in Buckley
  • Edgewood Community Church (opened at 1 p.m.) 1720 Meridian E. in Edgewood
  • Sunrise Baptist Church (opens at 7 p.m. – please bring sleeping bags or blankets) 12115 Shaw Rd. E. in Puyallup
  • Key Peninsula Community Church 17015 9th St. KPN in Lakebay Key
  • Peninsula Lutheran Church 4213 Lackey Rd. in Lakebay.
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More shelters opening for impending storm
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 20th, 2008 at 1:22 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 20, 2008 – Three additional emergency shelters are opening in Pierce County in anticipation of this afternoon’s storm.

  • Buckley Community Center (opens at 4 p.m.) 127 N. River Road in Buckley
  • Edgewood Community Church (opened at 1 p.m.) 1720 Meridian E. in Edgewood
  • Sunrise Baptist Church (opens at 7 p.m. – please bring sleeping bags or blankets) 12115 Shaw Rd. E. in Puyallup

The two previously announced shelters which opened at noon today are:

  • Key Peninsula Community Church 17015 9th St. KPN in Lakebay
  • Key Peninsula Lutheran Church 4213 Lackey Rd. in Lakebay.

Information on other Pierce County shelter openings will be released as soon as confirmed.

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High winds and continued cold temperatures expected for this weekend
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 19th, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 19, 2008 – A high wind watch is in effect for Saturday morning thru Sunday. Major and potentially destructive winds are expected from the Cascades into foothills and the east Puget Sound lowlands.

According to the National Weather Service, winds could reach 50 to 70 mph with gusts reaching 70 to 90 mph. The strongest winds are expected to impact east King and Pierce Counties. Cold temperatures will continue and there is a potential for additional snow. The threat of wind and continued cold temperature pose a threat to the residents of Pierce County who may not have alternate means for heat and cooking.

Pierce County Emergency Management recommends the following safety measures:

Before the windstorm:

  • Make your disaster supply kit readily available. 
  • Find out who in your neighborhood may require special assistance. 
  • If you have a generator, make sure you know how to use it safely. 
  • Make sure pets are out of harms way. 
  • If you have an electric garage opener, local the manual override.

If you encounter a power outage:

  • Use your generator safety and do not overload it.
  • Never use a portable generator indoors (that includes a garage, carport, basement, crawl space or any other enclosed or partially enclosed space.)
  • Never try to power a house by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. It can lead to the electrocution of utility workers or neighbors served by the same utility transformer.
  • Never burn charcoal inside homes, tents, campers, vans, trucks, garages or mobile homes.
  • Share safety information with neighbors.

Be aware of the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning:  

  • Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen, smelled and can kill a person in minutes. 
  • It is produced whenever any fuel, such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal is burned.
  • Symptoms include headache, weakness, dizziness, confusion, fatigue and nausea.  If any of these symptoms are present, move the person to a place with fresh air and seek immediate medical attention.
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