Page 6 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - November 2016
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family time
Prep for winter storms
Contributed by SPIPA
The storm that occurred The October windstorm caused a tree to puncture the roof and Too much screen time (TV,
Oct. 14-15 was less intense ceiling of a Lucky Eagle Casino employee’s house.
than weather forecasts computers and video games)
predicted. Our region wipes. Keep it stored in an INFORMATION leads to higher weights for
avoided much of the accessible place. adults and children because
widespread strong winds Puget Sound Energy people are more sedentary
expected to accompany the n Take care with outage/service update: and they see so many food ads
storm. However, there were portable generators: Phone: 888-225-5773 (also (about 40,000 a year).
instances of power outages You can prevent electric to report issues with their
and downed trees. The roof shock and electrocution natural gas services) Turning off the TV will help
and interior ceiling of a Lucky by checking generator Online: your family maintain a healthy
Eagle Casino employee’s connections beforehand. accountsandservices/ weight and give you time
home were punctured by part Utility companies warn servicealert/pages/ together.
of a fallen tree. that generators that are outage-map.aspx
not isolated can feed back Mobile phone app: pse. 1. Pick up a book: Reading
Our region is experiencing into the power lines, posing com/accountsandservices/ together as a family is one of
a neutral-to-weak La Niña electrocution risks to linemen contact-us/pages/get-the- the best ways to ensure your
weather pattern. The National that come into contact with mypse-app.aspx kids do well in school.
Weather Service’s Seattle them. They should only be Social media: During major
bureau is predicting a higher operated outdoors. storms or events, follow 2. Tell a story: Sharing
possibility of flooding in some them on Twitter @psetalk stories is another way to
areas of the state and lowland n Fully charge electronics or on Facebook at Puget enhance children’s verbal
snow. The probability of more ahead of time: You might Sound Energy. skills and to share special
severe windstorms is harder to need to use electronic devices Grays Harbor PUD outage memories.
determine because of recent during a power outage, so and service update:
changes in oceanic weather make sure they have enough Phone: Outage hotline 3. Snuggle up and sing a
patterns. battery life. at 360-537-3721 or fun song: Children don’t care
888-541-5923 (8 if you can carry a tune and
What you’ll need n Do not go near fallen a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays) they love to sing with you,
power lines: Assume the wire Email: customerservice@ learning new words along the
n Flashlights and extra is live and do not go near or way.
batteries: For power outages, touch it. If you find yourself Online:
keep flashlights and lanterns near a downed line, shuffle current-outages 4. Talk AND listen:
in easy-to-access places your feet away from it to Social media: Follow them Turning off the TV gives you
around your home. Make avoid ground shock. Utility on Twitter @ghpud or more time to chat with your
sure they are in working companies recommend sign up to receive text or children. On the flip side, you
order. Using candles is staying at least 30 feet (the email alerts at can learn a lot about your kids
not recommended. Also length of a school bus) away outage-alert-subscription/ when you take time to be quiet
suggested is a battery- from downed lines. Call 911 user/modify and listen.
operated radio for news and to report fallen power lines. If you use natural gas
alert updates. Many of these Local dispatch will notify for cooking or heating in 5. Take a walk: A simple
include a flashlight feature. service providers. your home (other than neighborhood walk gives
PSE), contact your service you time together and is an
n Food and water for at n Know what to do when provider for ways to get easy way to get fit and strong
least 72 hours (three days): driving: If a storm occurs in touch with them during together.
Prepare a minimum of three while you’re driving, pull off outages or emergencies.
days worth of food and the road and be sure to stop 6. Dance: Dancing
water stored in your home. away from trees. If possible, combines fun and fitness for
Accessibility to the nearest walk to a safe building. Avoid every age. Let your kids pick
store might not be an option. overpasses, power lines the music and teach you the
Stock up on nonperishable and other likely hazards. moves.
snacks and food items just in If you are in an emergency
case. Never use barbecue or situation, call 911. 7. Try a game: Pick the
portable camp stoves indoors. right game for your child’s
skills – such as tossing a foam
n Blankets and warm ball with a toddler or baseball
clothes: Make sure you have with older kids.
blankets, sweaters and warm
socks, especially if your home 8. Play with a pet: Dogs
is dependent on electric heat. and cats also need activity to
Never use portable propane maintain a healthy weight and
heaters indoors. live long, healthy lives with you.

n First aid kit: Make sure 9. Have fun with friends:
you have a first aid kit and Kids (and adults) need time to
that is stocked with at least play with their friends in the
basic supplies, such as band- backyard, at the park or in the
aids, gauze and antiseptic wilderness.

10. Enjoy family fun night:
Plan a fun weekly activity, such
as riding bikes or bowling with
another family.
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