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Winter Weather – Start Preparing Now!

With cold temperatures and the possibility of significant snow in the forecast, we wanted to share some tips to help keep you safe.

The City of Seattle is prepared for the potential impacts of winter weather – make sure you are too! Plan ahead to keep your family and community safe. Website click here.

Protect the Four (4) Ps:


Residents are encouraged to:

  • Sign up for emergency alerts
  • Assemble preparedness kits for their households
  • Emergency Tool Kit List click here.
  • Plan for backup resources in the event of a power outage
  • Check in on your neighbors to make sure everyone can stay safe and warm in the event of a storm. For the latest on emergency winter shelter for Seattle neighbors experiencing homelessness click here.


Make sure that your furry friends aren’t left out in the cold with this pet preparedness checklist.


Prepare your pipes for winter click here.

Weather Tool Kit

  • Gear > Shovel, warm clothes, blankets
  • Kit > Flashlights, first-aid, food & water for family and pets
  • Car > Chains, ice scraper, jumper cables, flares
  • Salt > Rock (not table) to clear sidewalks

Residents are responsible for ensuring the safety of their neighbors by clearing snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to your property or jobsite.   

Video: Don’t Snow Us In: Shovel your sidewalk so…

Our snow and ice plan includes keeping major streets open and passable—to the greatest extent possible—within 12 hours of a lull in a storm. It does not include clearing sidewalks, driveways, entryways, and parking lots because there are many miles of travel lanes throughout the city that are critical for travel to hospitals, grocery stores, schools, and other key places.  

Winter Driving Safety

The best way to stay safe on the roads this winter is to leave your car behind. If you need to drive, check out these winter driving safety tips.

Stay up to date on traffic and road impacts this winter click here.