Winter storms: the separation is in the preparation

Stock up on supplies

  • Seven days of:
    • Non-perishable foods (canned foods and dried
    • Water (a gallon per person, per day)
    • Prescriptions & medical supplies
  • Warm clothes and blankets
  • Batteries for flashlights

Test your smoke/CO alarms Now is a good time make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are working by testing and replacing batteries if necessary. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, in the hallway outside of bedrooms, and inside each bedroom. CO alarms should be on every level of the home outside of the bedrooms. Learn about the Seattle Fire Department’s free smoke/co alarm program.

When the power goes


  • Put on warm clothes and blankets
  • Use battery operated candles.
  • When using candles with flames, place them in
    sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holders. Extinguish every candle before leaving
    a room or going to sleep.


  • Don’t use your outdoor grill or gas stove/oven
    to heat your home. These emit carbon monoxide, a lethal odorless and colorless
  • Avoid placing candles and other heat sources
    next to combustible materials like curtains, carpet or table cloths.

Make space for ambulances,
fire engines and trucks

Please do not park illegally because this impedes our
ability to quickly respond to emergencies. Avoid double parking, blocking
access to hydrants or parking too close to roundabouts and traffic circles.

Check the weather and
road conditions

The following agencies will provide updates on their services as the weather gets colder: