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Winter Weather Preparedness

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CBS urges Sitkans to make preparations now for winter, including the possibility of:  dangerously cold weather, strong winds, coastal flooding, and heavy snow. Residents must be prepared for prolonged power outages and difficult travel. Stay informed of changing weather conditions, build home emergency kits, have family and business emergency plans, and take steps to mitigate the impacts of severe weather. Visit cityofsitka.com/public-service-announcements and scroll down to 10/28/22 News Release.

Stay Informed – Monitor changing winter weather conditions and receive emergency alerts.

  • Monitor the National Weather Center Juneau office at weather.gov/ajk.
  • Have a battery-operated radio to monitor news and weather in case of a power outage.

Build an Emergency Kit – for your home and car in case you lose power and/or are isolated during severe winter weather.

  • For Your Home – Have enough food, water, batteries, medicine and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours.

Make an Emergency Plan – with family and household members for what to do and how to communicate in an emergency.

  • Identify friends or family that you might stay with if you lose power during cold weather.
  • If you receive medical treatments or home health care services, work with your medical provider to determine how to maintain care and service if you are unable to leave your home for a period of time during a winter storm.
  • If you have transportation needs, work with local transportation providers to plan ahead for accessible transportation.
  • Provide every family member with the name, address, and phone number of the family’s emergency contact.

Prepare your home – for severe weather by taking steps to ensure safety.

  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches.
  • Make sure flashlights and candles are accessible in case of a power outage.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Check that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them.
  • Insulate your home and take other actions to prepare your home for winter weather.
  • Keep ice melt on hand and shovel snow to prevent ice buildup.

Winter storms can cause extended power outages which can be dangerous during extreme cold weather. Have alternate phone charging methods, learn how to use your emergency generator safely, plan for your medical needs and take other steps to prepare for power outages.

The City and Borough of Sitka says “Take Precautions.” Visit CBS Emergency Preparedness: https://www.cityofsitka.com/departments/FireDepartment/EmergencyPreparedness.

Stay connected to CBS:  Visit www.cityofsitka.com. Call Administration at (907) 747-1812 Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm.