KITSAP COUNTY NEWS RELEASE
|| November 30, 2015
Doug Bear, Public Communication Manager
360.337.4598 or email@example.com
Sign up for electronic notifications during winter storms
(Port Orchard) - In light of the
recent windstorm it is good to know how to stay connected to Kitsap County.
The last two storms were mostly wind, but it might be heavy snow, fog, or
rain next time! Winter increases the chance of inclement weather in Kitsap
County. Kitsap County Public Works is preparing now for whatever this winter
brings. “We have a comprehensive approach to winter weather that enables us
to respond to the unique situations winter weather brings,” said Andrew
All Public Works Divisions met for their annual storm meeting in early
October. “This meeting is designed to bring everyone together to ensure our
response is coordinated,” said Doug Bear, Public Communication Manager. At
the meeting they review the Snow and Ice Policy and talk about communication
methods to identify and respond to problem areas.
The County responds to snow and ice events with a priority route system. All
priority 1 routes are treated within the first 36 hours after the event
ends. Crews then move to priority 2 routes and treat them in the next 36
hours. Crews work split 12-hour shifts to provide around-the-clock response
during snow and ice events. You can see the policy, as well as links to the
priority routes here (http://www.kitsapgov.com/pw/snowplow.htm).
Snow is not always the biggest concern in Kitsap County. “Wind and rain also
present challenges during the winter,” said Nelson. Downed trees are always
a concern. When a tree falls and takes power lines with it County crews must
wait until Puget Sound Energy crews come and verify that power is secured
before road crews can remove the tree and reopen the road. “Puget Sound
Energy has concerns outside of the roads during windstorms and works very
hard to get crews to downed tree locations,” said Jacques Dean, County Road
Superintendent. “We coordinate with them during inclement weather to get
roads reopened quickly.
Rain can also create water over the roadways resulting in closures during
the heavier storms. “Never drive around barricades, and never drive through
water deep enough to limit your view of the road,” said Dean. “Not only can
your vehicle become disabled by deep water, but when you can’t see the road
there’s no guarantee that the road is safe to travel across,” Dean added.
The best way to get information regarding storm closures and detours is
through the Kitsap Electronic Notification System, Facebook or Twitter. “We
encourage residents to sign up for automatic electronic notifications,” said
Bear. “These are sent by email or text message and let people know about
road conditions and other storm information,” Bear added.
The County Inclement Weather web page is the best place to find the latest
information during storms. Information on that page is updated frequently
during storms. You can sign up for notifications at the web page, or the
County’s home page. Select the topics you want to follow and you will be
notified when information is updated. Click
here for a flyer that shows all the ways to stay
connected during inclement weather.
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