Emergency Management

December’s windstorm and November’s flooding–where to call to report damages?
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 18th, 2006 at 11:45 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 18, 2006 – With two major storms hitting the region back to back, it is confusing for people to know where to report damages. December’s Windstorm Pierce County residents who experienced damages to their homes or businesses during last week’s windstorm are asked to call the Department of Emergency Management at 1-866-798-6363 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please be ready supply:

  Name and address of the affected property

  Type of insurance (homeowners), including deductible

  A description of damage, even if uninsured

  A 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. November’s Flooding Pierce County is one of 11 Washington counties qualifying under a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

Residents seeking assistance with damages from that storm must now register with FEMA. They can do that by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. Federal and state officials are also busy establishing Disaster Relief Centers for people to register in person and to inquire about other areas of assistance they may need. State emergency management officials will provide information as to the locations of these centers in the next couple of days. ###

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PS Clean Air Agency reports quality suffering during power outage
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 18th, 2006 at 9:01 AM

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency 110 Union Street, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98101 206-343-8800 or 1-800-552-3565

Air quality in our region is deteriorating, apparently due to many people needing to use wood stoves and fireplaces to stay warm. So if your power is on, please avoid wood burning if you can for the next few days.

Our region has uncharacteristically high air pollution levels given our current weather pattern. We believe these levels are a result of the widespread power outages in the area with more people than normal using wood stoves and fireplaces as their only source of heat. We are forecasting moderate air quality for most areas but unhealthy for sensitive groups in neighborhoods where power is out.

Normally, we would call a burn ban at these pollution levels, but we recognize that this is an emergency and people need to do whatever they can to stay warm. If you need to heat with wood, please remember to use dry wood and burn small, hot fires to maximize heat and minimize smoke.

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Tacoma Power Customers Have Additional Contact Phone Numbers
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 18th, 2006 at 7:55 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 18, 2006 – Tacoma Power has restored power to all but approximately 3,000 customers. Crews will continue to assess and repair damaged lines and equipment to restore power to those customers as soon as possible. The utility asks its customers to assist with damage assessment by following the directions below. Call 253-502-8602 if: – Your power is out. Although crews have surveyed the service area, there may still be some unknown outages. – You see power poles or lines down or you see trees or branches on lines Call 253-502-8277 if: – The power line that runs from the pole to your house is damaged – The weatherhead (pole on top of your house that connects to the power line) or your meter is damaged – You need an electrical inspection because you have repaired damage to the weatherhead or power meter at your house Customers without power can reduce problems by: – Unplugging non-essential appliances and other electrical items such as holiday lights, heaters, microwaves and coffee pots – Plugging appliances directly into generators. Generators should not be plugged into wall sockets. – Staggering the times for plugging in appliances and other electrical equipment after power is restored

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City of Sumner Regains Power
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 18th, 2006 at 2:40 AM

NEWS RELEASE December 18, 2006 City of Sumner Regains Power Sumner, WA–Reports from Puget Sound Energy indicate that Sumner residents and businesses have had their power restored throughout the city. This morning, City Hall alone lost its power for an undetermined reason, but through the aid of generators is open as usual with all computers and telephones operational. It is anticipated that full power will be restored to City Hall later this afternoon. # # # Carmen Palmer Communications Director City of Sumner carmenp@ci.sumner.wa.us 253-299-5503 Fax: 253-299-5509

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Puyallup update – Wind storm cleanup and information
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 18th, 2006 at 2:29 AM

Glenda Carino, Public Affairs Officer (253) 770-3370 glendac@ci.puyallup.wa.us Puyallup update – Wind storm cleanup and information Power Outage: Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is continuing the massive effort to restore power to all of its customers in the region. “We are working hard to restore transmission lines first, then substations and feeders,” said PSE spokesperson Gary Nomenson. “When we get those fixed, then we move to local lateral lines.” Although the company was able to restore power to 550,000 customers in the last two-and-half days, there are still 175,000 PSE customers still without power, including 121 customers in Puyallup. Air Quality Deteriorating:Air pollution in our region is uncharacteristically high, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency More people than normal are using wood stoves and fireplaces to stay warm as a result of the power outages and cold weather. Those who are sensitive to air pollution should take precaution, especially in areas where the power is still out. To help with air quality, the agency is asking residents who have power to refrain from wood burning for a few days. If you need to heat with wood, use drywood when possible and burn small, hot fires to maximize heat and minimize smoke. Debris Cleanup:The city’s trash contractor, D.M. Disposal will NOT be making a special curbside yard waste run for wind storm debris. Citizens can call D.M. Disposal at (253) 845-6955 to order a special pickup if necessary. Those who wish to haul their debris can bring it to Hidden Valley Transfer Station, 17925 Meridian E. The landfill will not charge for the first cubic yard and citizens can utilize the free service on separate days if they wish. Each additional cubic yard is $7. The landfill is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and operates on a cash only basis. For more information call (253) 847-7555. Also, Puyallup Fire and Rescue want to remind itizens that open burning is not allowed in the City of Puyallup. Shelters:The Pierce County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) reportsthat the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter has opened two Red Cross shelters in the area: Bonney Lake Senior Center 19206 Bonney Lake Blvd. Bonney Lake University Place Presbyterian Church 8101 27th St. W. University Place Pierce County EOC is keeping a current list of shelters in the area. If your church or organization has opened a shelter or a warming and feeding station, please call the Pierce County EOC at (253) 798-7470. In Puyallup, the Church of Nazarene is on standby in case a shelter is needed in the city. Report Wind Storm Damage: Citizens and businesses are urged to report any wind storm damage to the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) The information is needed to apply for a federal emergency declaration that could qualify the state for federal disaster aid. Damage reports can be called in to the Pierce County DEM 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 ### Glenda Carino Public Affairs Officer City of Puyallup Desk: 253-770-3370

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