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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 19, 2012
Kathy Estes, Emergency Manager, (360) 867-2800

High Winds, Rain Could Bring Power Outages

Thurston County Emergency Management officials remind residents to not call 9-1-1 to report power outages, but instead report power outages to Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-CALL-PSE (1-888-225-5773).

"We want to remind people that 9-1-1 is for life-threatening emergencies, but that a simple power outage at your house should be reported to Puget Sound Energy," said Kathy Estes, manager for the Thurston County Emergency Management Division. "If residents see something more serious, though, like a downed power line or a tree threatening to fall into the roadway, those issues should be reported to 9-1-1 first. Public safety is our number one priority."

Stay safe when the power is out. Thurston County Emergency Management has some simple tips to help you weather the storm and keep your family safe:
  • Report power outages in Thurston County to Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-CALL-PSE (1-888-225-5773).

  • If a downed power line is in a public roadway or is arcing or sparking, call 9-1-1 first
  • and then report it to PSE at 1-888-CALL-PSE (1-888-225-5773).

  • Stay far away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed power line is live. Downed power lines may still have electricity running through them, and you don't have to touch it to get shocked and die. Stay well away from any downed power line and anything it may be touching.

    oNEVER drive over a downed power line.
    oNEVER jump or step over a downed power line.
    oNEVER drive under or step under a power line that is broken but still hanging from trees, rooftops or poles.
    oStay away from standing water or flood water near downed power lines. Water conducts electricity, so call 9-1-1 first and then contact PSE if you think a downed power line is near a flooded area.

Emergency Management officials also remind residents that carbon monoxide is a silent killer, and urge residents to stay safe when the power is out and "say no to CO" (carbon monoxide.) Never use a charcoal or gas grill or camp stove inside, and never use a generator inside or near windows, doors or vents. Turn off lights and unplug all appliances and electronics, and keep refrigerators and freezers closed to keep food cold as long as possible.

The stormy weather could also cause flooding on county roads or bring down trees or branches that could block roadways. Residents are urged only to use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies, and to contact Thurston County Roads Maintenance to report flooded roads or tress and large branches blocking roads at (360) 867-2300.

Learn more about electric safety and power outage tips from Puget Sound Energy's web pages at pse.com/safety/ElectricSafety/Pages/default.aspx.

Make sure your food is safe--When in doubt, throw it out! Get more food safety information at www.FoodSafety.gov on the Keep Food Safe pages (http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/emergency/index.html).

For updated information about Thurston County's emergency response and preparedness, go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/em.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3