February 9th, 2019 - Posted in Alerts

Storm Advisory This is information & tips for Vashon/Maury Islands:

* Stay indoors and wear warm clothes. Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater. If you feel too warm, remove layers to avoid sweating; if you feel chilled, add layers.

* Listen to a local station on battery-powered radio, television, 1650AM, or to NOAA Weather Radio for updated emergency information.

* Bring your companion animals inside and move other animals to sheltered areas with a supply of non-frozen water. Most animal deaths in winter storms are caused by dehydration.

* Eat regularly. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.

* Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration. Drink liquids such as warm broth or juice. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine, a stimulant, accelerates the symptoms of hypothermia. Alcohol, such as brandy, is a depressant and hastens the effects of cold on the body. Alcohol also slows circulation and can make you less aware of the effects of cold. Both caffeine and alcohol can cause dehydration.

* Conserve fuel. This storm could last for several days, placing great demand on electric, gas, and other fuel distribution systems (fuel oil, propane, etc.). Lower the thermostat to 65 degrees F during the day and to 55 degrees F at night. Close off unused rooms, and stuff towels or rags in cracks under the doors. Cover the windows at night.

* Check on relatives, neighbors, and friends, particularly if they are elderly or if they live alone.

* Carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings can increase following widespread power outages.

Public Health has tips online to avoiding CO poisoning, available in multiple languages.

* If you’re able to, check on your neighbors and relatives, especially those who are older or have disabilities.

Health information If you have medical needs at home, be ready for the storms.

* Check with the National Weather Service regularly for the latest forecasts watches and warnings. Make preparations now for power outages, tree damage, and other impacts. The Saturday system has the highest potential for damage but it also has the greatest range of possible outcomes.

This message was posted at 07:55 on Saturday and will be updated as needed.


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