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With windstorm predicted, are you ready?

TWBSWith a windstorm predicted for Thursday, is your family ready. Take winter by storm with these tips:

• Make sure storm drains are clear of leaves and debris to prevent flooding in your neighborhood. Clear with a rake or broom (only if it’s safe). Don’t put grass clippings, leaves, or other debris into drains, ditches, creeks, culverts, gutters or ravines. If a storm drain appears blocked below the street surface, call 206-386-1800.

• Have a family emergency kit. Keep enough water, food and other supplies (flashlights, crank or battery-operated radio, blankets) in your home to meet your needs for at least three days.

• Have a family disaster plan.

• Stay out of flooding basements. Check to see if your homeowner’s insurance covers flood damage.

• Protect water pipes from freezing in exposed or unheated areas (attics, basements and garages) by wrapping with tape and insulating materials.

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