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Dear Neighbor,  

Here is a special edition newsletter to ensure you have the emergency resources you need to navigate the winter storm. Seattle is expected to face extremely cold temperatures until at least Wednesday, December 29th, with a forecast of continued snowfall. When you can, avoid or postpone road travel and salt and shovel sidewalks adjacent to your property. Below you’ll find additional information and links for warming shelters, road closures, utilities, and transit updates. 

You can check out a recap of my 2022 budget work here and stay tuned for my 2021 wrap-up newsletter. I look forward to connecting with you in 2022. Until then, I wish you and your families a Happy New Year!

-- Dan

Day Centers and Warming Centers

The City of Seattle has designated a series of facilities as warming centers across the City. Here in District 6, the closest warming and hygiene facilities are:  

  • Urban Rest Stop Ballard: 2014 NW 57th St. Open Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 2:30 pm (Closed 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm for cleaning)  

  • Seattle City Hall (Operated by Urban League): 600 4th Ave. Open 24/7, shelter and warming center until Wednesday, December 27th.  

  • Seattle Center Armory: 305 E. Harrison St. Open Daily 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. 

Click here for a full list of Day Centers and Emergency Shelter Options. If you are or someone you know needs shelter, please call 2-1-1 or 1-877-211-9274.

Seattle Department of Transportation Updates

SDOT crews began pretreating roads, overpasses and bridges on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s snowfall. SDOT has 35 storm response vehicles attending to the 1,200 miles of snow routes. Storm response vehicles prioritize critical routes to hospitals, emergency centers, and transit routes and will continue operating 24/7 as needed.

Due to the weather, parking remains free today to discourage unnecessary driving. Additionally, SDOT urges community members to:

  • Clear sidewalks next to your property and lend a helping hand to your neighbors who may not be able.

  • If you must drive, please slow down and be careful. Watch out for others and leave plenty of room from snowplows and other vehicles.

  • Make sure your car is safe for winter driving and pay attention to road closure signs.

  • Be cautious, low temperatures mean icy streets and sidewalks.

  • Sled in our parks, not in the street.

Click here for the City's Storm Reponse Map showing real-time information about recently plowed roads and road closures.

Visit the SDOT Winter Weather webpage or read this blog post for more information and ideas to stay safe during winter storms.

King County Metro Updates

Metro has activated its Emergency Snow Network (ESN) which reduces services to about 60 core routes and shuttles primarily serving key arterials and transit centers. D6 routes that will continue operating including, RapidRide D & E lines and Routes: 5, 40, 44, 45, and 62. Click here for a full list of operating routes.

Metro will continue to assess conditions in determining whether to restore other routes. For updates visit King County Metro’s Blog or follow Metro on Twitter. You can also sign up for King County Metro email or SMS/Text message alerts here.

Seattle City Light

Seattle City Light has responded to power outages and has crews on standby ready to respond and work 24/7 until every single customer has power. In case of an outage:

  • Be prepared with blankets, flashlights and batteries.

  • Charge your devices so you can call if you need assistance

  • If you see a downed power line, stay at least 30 feet away and call 9-1-1.

  • Avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning by never bringing generators, camp stoves or barbeques indoors.

To report an outage, please call (206) 684-3000. You can track outages by visiting Seattle City Light’s online outage map, and follow Seattle City Light on Twitter or Facebook.

Seattle Public Utilities  

Due to winter weather, garbage, recycling and food/yard collections may be delayed. SPU transfer stations will have reduced hours due to unsafe road conditions. As a reminder, SPU urges you to:

  • Protect indoor sink pipes that are against exterior walls by opening under-sink cabinet doors to allow indoor heat to circulate.

  • Allow one indoor faucet to slowly drip cold water. Select the faucet that is the farthest from your front door.

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

  • Drain and remove all outdoor hoses and cover faucets for hose bibs.

  • Know where your shutoffs are located. If an emergency occurs, you’ll need to know how to shut off electricity, gas and water at main switches and valves.

If you suspect your pipes are frozen, follow these steps:

  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using towels soaked in hot water wrapped around the pipe, an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, or an electric hair dryer. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove or other open flame device. Do not use electrical devices if there is standing water.

  • If a water pipe breaks, immediately close the main shut-off valve to stop flooding. The shut-off valve can be indoors or outdoors, usually in a basement, crawlspace or garage.

  • If you cannot turn off the main shut-off valve, SPU customers can call (206) 386-1800 and a crew will turn off the water at the meter for a service charge.

Visit SPUs blog for more updates and follow SPU on Twitter.

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