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Dept. of Emergency Management encourages preparedness for coming wind storm

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

As the Spokane community continues to recover from November's historic wind storm and subsequent power outages, the Greater Spokane Department of Emergency Management is encouraging residents to be prepared for another round of wind and outages Wednesday.

Emergency Management says you should be prepared with an emergency kit. That means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity.

While the storm is not expected to be as strong as the one on November 17, the already wet ground and still unstable trees could again result in downed power lines and power outages.

The City of Spokane has street and wastewater management crews deployed to each of the city's three geographic districts. Those crews are cleaning storm drains and leaves from the storm water management system. Work is also ongoing in streets, sidewalks and parks on debris cleanup from the November 17 storm.

Emergency Management reports the City of Airway Heights will be closing Sunset Park on Wednesday from 6 a,m. to 4 p.m. Spokane County road crews are on standby to clear streets and roads. In addition, crews will operate generators as needed for the County's sewer system and Water Reclamation Facility.

In Spokane Valley, Public Works crews and other staff members are prepared to respond to reports of downed trees in roads, or nonworking traffic signals and to help steer community members to response and recovery resources.

“Avista crews and supporting employees are prepared and ready to respond to outages that may occur from the expected storm. We encourage customers who experience an outage to report it to Avista at (800) 227-9187 or online through a mobile device at avistautilities.com,” said Heather Rosentrater, Avista’s vice president of energy delivery.

Additionally, The Spokane Regional Health District reminds the community of carbon monoxide poisoning risks. After November’s windstorm, several calls were made locally for emergency assistance specific to potential poisonings.

“Every time our community has a power outage, we worry that someone will try to stay warm by bringing a fuel-burning appliance inside,” said Dr. Joel McCullough, SRHD health officer. “It doesn’t take too much, or too long, for carbon monoxide to make someone sick or to kill them – and the tragic truth is that it happens too frequently.”

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