Fall is officially upon us and as it’s traditionally a pretty wet season for Seattle, now is the perfect time to take a few steps to prepare for the coming season. Periods of intense rain can lead to flooding without warning, but there are a few simple things you can do to make sure you and your family are well prepared.
– Clear leaves and debris away from street drains in your neighborhood with a rake or broom (only if it’s safe). Don’t put grass clippings, leaves, or other debris into drains, ditches, creeks, culverts, gutters or ravines. If a storm drain appears blocked below the street surface, call 206-386-1800.
– Clean gutters and downspouts twice a year.
– Build a family emergency kit. Keep enough water, food and other supplies (flashlights, crank or battery-operated radio, blankets) in your home to meet your needs for at least three days.
– Have a family disaster plan.
– Protect water pipes from freezing in exposed or unheated areas (attics, basements and garages) by wrapping with tape and insulating materials.
For more tips on how to prepare for winter storms, visit www.takewinterbystorm.org.