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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Contact:
Keith Eisner, PIO, 360-704-2758 or 360-239-9123

Snow Storm Safety Advisory


Olympia- With heavy snow and colder temperatures predicted through Wednesday, Thurston County Emergency Management advises residents to take the following precautions.
  • In case of power outages (due to heavy, wet snow): Do NOT run a generator or burn charcoal in an enclosed space. Never operate an unvented gas-burning appliance in a closed room or in a room in which you are sleeping. Opening doors and windows or using fans will NOT prevent carbon monoxide buildup from burning charcoal or a running generator.
  • Do not walk across or touch downed power lines.
  • Avoid overexertion. Pace yourself when shoveling wet and heavy snow.
  • Clear flat roofs of snow.
  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors-before, during and after extreme weather events.
  • Avoid driving in snowy or icy conditions. If you must drive, keep an emergency kit in your car that includes bottled water and high energy, non-perishable food, an extra blanket, warm clothes, a battery-powered flashlight and extra batteries. Also, please let a friend or relative know when you're leaving, your destination, and when you expect to arrive.
  • Stay tuned to local media for updates and advisories. Keep a battery-powered radio and extra batteries handy.


Details on emergency preparedness are available from the Thurston County Emergency Management office at 360-754-3360 or online at www.co.thurston.wa.us/em



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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3