One year after major windstorm, PUD offers tips for getting through an outage

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The high winds snapped a major branch from the huge signature Elm tree at 8th and Main. It took out a power line on the way down, and just missed hitting a parked car.
In this photo from August 2015, high winds had snapped a major branch from the huge signature Elm tree at 8th and Main. It took out a power line on the way down, and just missed hitting a parked car. (File photo by Larry Vogel)

One year has passed since one of the strongest summer windstorms hit western Washington. Snohomish County PUD is using the occasion to remind customers that storms can strike at any time. During major storms, PUD says no utility can guarantee uninterrupted power, and it could take days or longer to get power restored.

Screenshot (749)Items such as drinking water, non-perishable food items and flashlights can prove to be especially useful if power is out for an extended period of time. Extra batteries and portable cell phone chargers can help keep you connected to family and friends.

For more tips from the Snohomish County PUD and videos about how the PUD responds to outages, click here.

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  1. I always keep a Dietz kerosene lamp on hand for general lighting & reading. They don’t cost much, the have along burn, and Lehman’s.com sells a gizmo that lets you do minor cooking on your lamp. They put out some heat, as well!

    I always have a 5-gal reserve of drinking water, and save some firewood just in case. But the best safety feature is good neighbors!

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