Emergency Preparedness: Winter Weather

PGE employees work to clear up a downed power line in the aftermath of the Feb. 11-14 2021 snow and ice storm that battered the metropolitan area. (COURTESY/PGE)

Winter weather in the Pacific Northwest can bring Tigard a wide variety of hazards from flooding, high winds, ice or snowstorms – including associated conditions like power outages and tree damage. Being prepared includes knowing how to protect your family and stay safe during severe winter weather conditions.

Stay up to date with weather conditions by listening to weather forecasts. If you have a power outage, use your hand-powered radio to listen to local weather service information.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups. Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Remember the needs of your pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.

In Case of Emergency

Be prepared for winter weather at home, at work and in your car. Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water and non-perishable snacks. Keep a full tank of gas or fully charge your electric vehicle.

Staying Safe During Winter Weather

  • Stay off the roads if possible.
  • Limit your time outside but if you must go outside, use layers of warm clothing. Watch for any signs of hypothermia or frostbite.

Thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for sharing winter hazard information.

City of Tigard Emergency Notifications

The City of Tigard uses the CodeRED system to notify the community of safety or property issues. You’ll find info on registering on this City of Tigard web page: www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/be_prepared.php.

Washington County Emergency Alert System

Washington County has a new emergency alert system for community members. Through this system, the county and partner first response agencies like TVF&R can issue emergency alerts. Sign up here: www.publicalerts.org/signup.

Preparedness List:

Things To Do

  • Sign up for the City of Tigard CodeRED alerts plus Washington County’s new alert system. 

Items to Purchase

  • Reminder – purchase or test your hand-powered AM/FM/Weather radio. The Red Cross has a number of these available online.

Tigard CERT Inc. is a local non-profit organization allied with the City of Tigard that trains volunteers in basic emergency response and organizational skills following the Federal Emergency Management Agency model and guidelines for local Community Emergency Response Teams. For more information about Tigard CERT, please visit our website at tigardcert.wordpress.com.

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Alan Smith is the Captain of the Green Team, Tigard Community Emergency Response Team. He can be reached at tigard.cert.green@gmail.com.