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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: November 30, 2015

Contact: Doug Bear, Public Communication Manager
360.337.4598 or

No: 2015-130

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 Nelson, Director
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 (

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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Last Updated: 
November 30, 2015