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. # # #


Carbon Monoxide Danger: CDC link offers valuable information in many languages
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 21st, 2006 at 8:20 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 21, 2006 – As power remains elusive for many residents, the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning looms.

The Center for Disease Control has provided some guidelines (in several languages and pictorial messages) that you can pass along to others who may not know about the dangers of carbon-monoxide poisoning. For example, using kerosene and gas heaters, generators and BBQ grills indoors (or in an enclosed space) can release an odorless, poisonous gas that can kill a person in minutes.

Please visit www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/cofacts.asp for more information.


Puget Sound Energy Update 12/20/06
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 20th, 2006 at 3:29 AM

Storm Recovery Update As of 2:30 p.m. PST, Dec. 20 2006*

Local Updates Pierce County : We continue to make good progress in Pierce County. Currently there are about 1500 customers without power. Customers living in Bonney Lake have had their power restored. Our major emphasis is Lakewood and Orting. In especially Lakewood, there are several laterals requiring significant tree work and well as repair of poles and wire.

This is taking longer than anticipated to repair. Our focus has been restoration …not final repairs. We are a little concerned that the wind warnings for tonight could slow the restoration process. Other notes: Our crews have fully restored power to the 57,000 customers who lost power in Whatcom, Skagit, Jefferson, Island, and Kittitas counties.

For information about your local area, please call 1-888-225-5773 (Select menu option #1) for outage information or to report an outage. For more information on using our phone system, please visit our Reporting an Outage page on our web site www.pse.com .

Recovery Progress With nearly 500 (496) Puget Sound Energy crews continuing to make good progress restoring power, repairing transmission lines, re-energizing substations, and moving deeper into damaged residential neighborhoods. We’re able to make increasingly detailed and refined projections on when  at the very latest all PSE customers in given communities should see their lights come back on.

As of late this morning we have restored power to just over 600,000 of the 700,000 people who lost power from the windstorm. We believe nearly all our customers still without power will have their service back no later than Friday or Saturday & and most will have power before then.

However, repairing the exceptional damage in a couple of rural pockets in north and east King County could take longer — perhaps up to two or three days. It now appears possible that power may not be restored until Sunday or early next week for a very small number of customers, in the hundreds, within the Cottage Lake area east of Woodinville, and outlying areas around Duvall. We’re regularly updating our outage-restoration projections for specific communities and circuits within communities.

Customers in many areas can now get specific restoration projections by calling PSE’s Call Center (1-888-225- 5773), and entering their phone number or PSE account number in our automated system. More and more circuit-specific projections are steadily being entered into our system. Significant progress was made again yesterday and last night to restore customers’ power. We’ve now re-energized 158 of the 159 substations that lost power from the fierce windstorm. The only remaining substation without power, serving Duvall, should be re-energized today. And we’ve now repaired 70 of the 85 transmission lines that lost power from the storm.

As our crews in Thurston, Pierce, and Kitsap counties complete their restoration efforts there over the next couple days (we hope to complete restoration in Pierce County today) they will join the 350 crews we now have in King County to finish the massive repair effort. In the hardest-hit areas of King County where about 90 percent of the remaining outages exist, the record-setting storm’s damage was so extensive around Woodinville, Duvall, Carnation, North Bend, and Snoqualmie that we’re literally having to rebuild the electric system from the ground up in much of that area.

Our crews have fully restored power to the 57,000 customers who lost power in Whatcom, Skagit, Jefferson, Island, and Kittitas counties, where storm damage was extensive but not as severe as central Puget Sound. (It’s possible an isolated outage or two in remote areas could still exist; please call PSE if your power is still out.)

Another storm with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph is predicted to hit the region tonight. We hope it does not cause additional outages. Parts of our restored system remain fragile, with permanent repairs coming later. Updated information is being placed on our Call Center’s recorded message line and PSE Web site for customers to obtain updates on local restoration progress, and plan accordingly.

We continue to appreciate the public’s understanding and patience. We are working with community agencies to assist those who are still without power; this includes working with community EOCs for things such as traffic control and security patrols. We continue to ask people to pull off the roads and let our crews get into damaged areas. Please stay away from downed, electrified power lines –and don’t ever assume that a downed line is NOT energized.

We have implemented a process to address customer reports of wire down. If people see a utility crew repairing damaged lines, we ask that they not try to ask the crew questions about when a neighborhood’s power will be restored. Our crews are extremely busy & and your questions will slow the repair effort. *Watch for updates


Illness related to carbon monoxide exposure confirmed
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 19th, 2006 at 11:50 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 19, 2006 – There have been 19 confirmed illness reported related to carbon monoxide exposure. A reminder is being issued to citizens who turn to alternative sources of power such as generators.

If you use a generator, do not operate it inside your house, including inside an attached garage. When you use an extension cord to connect the generator to appliances, make sure exhause from the generator is not entering your home through the open door or window that the extension cord passes through. Do not heat your home or cook food by using charcoal briquettes inside. You can prevent further damage

Citizens are encouraged to take action if they sustained damage to their homes in the recent storm. Home owners are encouraged to use tarps or other type of covering to temporarily close off the holes in their roofs. Breezy wind conditions along with rain is in the forecast for Wednesdays. Taking this type of action may prevent further loss due to wind damage.


Power Restoration Update
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 19th, 2006 at 5:01 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 19, 2006 – Crews are continuing to assess and repair damaged lines and equipment to restore power to those customers as soon as possible. Peninsula Light is reporting that there are approximately 3500 customers remaining without power. Tacoma Power reports 1500 still being worked and Puget Sound Energy is down to 4850.

Customers are reminded that the power lines that run from the pole to the house are the homeowners responsibility. The power companies are not able to restore service to individual homes if there has been secondary damage to the house.

If there has been damage to the service panel of the house, the customer will need to contact an electrician to make necessary repairs at the house. Power cannot be restored if the service connection has not been repaired and inspected. An electrician can do the inspection even before the power is restored. Customers are encouraged to have this work completed as soon as possible and thus speed the process. ###