BELLEVUE – Batten down the hatches and secure the lawn furniture. The National Weather Service warns of winds expected to blast through Bellevue tonight, likely to topple trees and down power lines along the way.
Bellevue’s Emergency Preparedness Division were monitoring the situation Thursday and staff from the Utilities, Fire, Police, Parks and Transportation departments were prepared to respond to weather-related problems.
However, residents who take preventive measures and act wisely when an issue does arise will fare best. The city offers tips to help you do the right thing and make the right call:
- As in any potential emergency, you should have flashlights with fresh batteries and some water and food stocked up.
- If your power goes out, call your power company. In most cases, this is Puget Sound Energy (1-888-225-5773). Do not call 911. That line should be kept clear for life-threatening emergencies, injury car accidents and reports of criminal activity.
- Do not leave burning candles unattended and keep flammable materials, such a drapes and decorations away from flames. Keep children and animals away from burning candles. If you need light during a power outage, flashlights are safer than candles.
- Never use barbecues, hibachis or gas generators inside. Doing so presents a real danger of poisoning from carbon monoxide, a tasteless, odorless gas that can kill.
- If you see a downed power line, note its location and call Puget Sound Energy (1-888-225-5773). Stay away from downed lines and anything they may be touching. If the line is arcing or sparking, call 911. Bellevue will close the street or streets to traffic.
- If a loss of electrical power causes traffic signals not to work, treat intersections as four-way stops. Call Puget Sound Energy (1-888-225-5773), not 911.
- Stay off the streets if you can. If you must go out, drive the right speed for the conditions, which could be slippery. Make sure you have warm clothing, water, food, flashlights in the car.
- If you have a water main break in your home or business, flooding at your home or business, sewer overflows, hazardous road conditions or down or damaged stop or yield signs, please call the Bellevue Utilities Department’s 24-hour emergency number, 425-452-7840.
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