Residents to prep for floods
With fall and winter rains approaching, Snohomish County residents should make flood preparations for their home and family a priority.
Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon has declared Oct. 21-27 “Flood Preparedness Week” as a reminder to residents to take time now to plan for the protection and safety of their family and property.
“The preparations we make as a local government are geared toward protecting public safety and ensuring recovery,” Reardon said. “It is also important for residents to do their part to be prepared for flood season.”
The National Weather Service forecasts a weak, almost neutral El Nino climate pattern this year, which in the past has produced some of the county’s biggest weather events, including as recently as 2006 and 2009.
Prepare for flooding by:
• Stocking up on basic supplies, food and water in case of power outages.
• Having an emergency plan for your family, including evacuation routes if needed.
• Checking the area around your home for plugged drains or culverts that can back up and cause flooding.
To stay on top of flood conditions in your area, check the county’s Flood Warning System, at http://www.snoco.org and searching “flood warning system.”
The Snohomish County’s annual Flood Guide is available online at http://www.snoco.org. There are many websites that also offer flood advice including: • http://www.floodsmart.gov; • http://www.snoco.org, search “flood emergency information;”
• http://www.weather.gov; • http://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/prep_infocus_winter.shtml#Floods; • takewinterbystorm.org.