During an Emergency

During an emergency, remember that while city, county, and state officials have developed emergency plans, you are responsible for your own safety, even during an emergency. If you’ve already created your own family emergency plan, make sure you follow it. Remember these four key things: 

Stop and Listen for Instruction on what to do

  • Listen to the radio, TV, or local emergency-alert system.
  • In an emergency, local authorities may not be able to provide information right away. Be patient and wait for directions.

Listen Before you act

  • Continue to listen to a radio, television, or emergency-alert system for instructions. Have a battery-powered radio available. Officials may tell you what to do.
  • If you are told to evacuate, remember to wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes. Use travel routes provided by local authorities—don’t use shortcuts because certain areas may be closed or dangerous.
  • If you are told to stay in place, continue to listen for further directions.
  • If you are in a room with a window, make sure the window is closed.
  • Remain where you are until further direction from emergency personnel.

Remember your Emergency Plan and Emergency Supply Kit

  • After you receive direction from officials, follow the steps in your emergency plan.
  • Take your emergency kit.
  • Check on neighbors, especially senior citizens and disabled persons. If you are a senior citizen or a disabled person, follow your emergency plan or follow the instructions given by officials to get help in an emergency.

Remain Calm

  • It is important to stay calm in an emergency. Get as much information about the situation as possible by watching TV, listening to the radio, or using the Internet for news.

Storm Safety

Storms in our region can occur without warning. The Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department has provided a basic list of things you should do to prepare for a windstorm. King County Emergency Management has helpful tips for preparing for freezing temperatures and snow storms.

During a Storm

Unless there is an emergency, stay home. If you must travel, please use public transportation whenever possible. You can sign up with Metro Transit to receive snow routing alerts.

Power outages

Power outages can pose a number of health threats. Without electricity it can be difficult to heat your home or cook safely, keep food refrigerated or obtain drinking water. The Department of Health has information about how to make it through safely during a power outage.

Live Wire Warning

Keep your distance from any downed line and immediately report it by calling 9-1-1.

Darkened Intersections

Treat all darkened intersections as a four-way stop and be cautious of drivers who may not stop.

Avoid Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Do not bring barbecue or other open flame sources into the home. The smoke from open flame indoors can lead to death or injury from carbon monoxide poisoning. 
Tips from Seattle-King County Public Health to stay safe during a power outage, including carbon monoxide facts in other languages: