by Jack Russillo
With Seattle’s biggest snowfall of the winter slated to strike this weekend, Mayor Jenny Durkan gathered virtually Friday afternoon with regional partners from Sound Transit, King County Metro, Washington State Department of Transportation (SDOT), and other department directors to provide an update on the city’s preparations and advice on what Seattlites should do to stay safe.
“If you can stay home, please do,” said Durkan during the virtual press conference. “I know that over the last year we’ve been staying home mostly, but it’s really important to stay off the roads and not drive unless it’s an absolute emergency. ”
Continue reading City Officials to Those Who Can Stay Home Ahead of Weekend Snow Storm: “Please Do”
by Ben Adlin
Seattle officials are urging residents to prepare for a series of winter storms expected to bring snow and sustained below-freezing temperatures to the region this week, warning that the severe weather could cause power outages, create problems for drivers, and put vulnerable populations at risk.
“We have to check in with our neighbors at times like this, especially our seniors and disabled neighbors,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “And also remember, you have the responsibility to shovel that sidewalk in front of your property.”
Agencies around King County are gearing up for the severe weather — preparing to clear roads and adjust bus routes, for example — but leaders at Wednesday’s press conference acknowledged the ongoing pandemic will complicate some efforts, such as expanding emergency shelter for people without housing.
Continue reading As Seattle Gears Up for Winter Weather, Officials Scramble to Secure Emergency Shelter