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People get ready | IN OUR OPINION

The two recent power outages on Bainbridge Island were a timely reminder for residents to get prepared — if they haven’t already — for our wicked winter weather and the disruptions it can bring.

Winter storms often come with little advance warning, and bring with them high winds, the possibility for snow and ice, trees falling into power lines, and power outages that can last for days.

Take note: Emergency preparedness officials advise residents to be prepared and be self-sufficient for three to seven days.

Families should have a plan and emergency kit ready.

Officials also say it’s important to have rain gear, water-repellent clothing and extra warm clothing handy at home, at work and in your car, ready to use in an emergency.

People should also have enough food and water to last three to seven days, as well as an out-of-state contact to call in times of emergency. Other essentials: a good flashlight (check the batteries) and a first-aid kit.

The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management has plenty of useful tips on getting ready for an emergency at kitsapdem.org, and the city of Bainbridge Island also has a page of useful emergency preparedness links on its website at www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us/eoc_important_links.aspx.

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