Make Winter Luck

Someone once said “Luck is the precipitation of good preparation.” The King County Office of Emergency Management has a three step plan for creating your own luck:

  1. Make a Plan
  2. Build A Kit
  3. Get Involved and Stay Informed.


Make a plan to communicate by designating an out-of-area contact that everyone in your family will communicate with if separated. Make a plan for alternate ways home if roads are blocked or closed due to ice, snow, downed trees, and downed power lines. Take a look at the snow priority maps of the areas you travel through. In Kirkland it’s at: SnowRoutes.pdf. In Bellevue it’s at: SnowRoute_11x17.pdf.

Build Kits

Buy two big plastic boxes with lids. Keep one in the car and one at home in a place like a garage. Fill the home box with a minimum 3-day supply, ideally enough for 7-10 days. It can be your camping gear with sleeping bags, non-perishable food, can opener, lighter, candle, towels, toilet paper, water, your camping stove, flashlight and batteries. Camping and military surplus stores are good sources. In the car have similar things with a hand shovel and sand or kitty litter, jumper cables, can of instant tire inflator, and warm hat and gloves. A “Come-Along” can move trees or other obstacles from your path. A complete list is at

Get Involved and Stay Informed

Find a trusted neighbor to take care of each others kids and pets if you can’t get home. Make sure everyone in the families know the plan. Take training for yourself and as many of your family as possible in CPR and first aid.

Keep a battery-operated radio tuned for news. Small solar panels can help to keep radios and cell phones recharged during the day.

Register for emergency alerts:

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