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Preparing for King Tides this winter

At this time of the year, the combination of abnormally high tides, heavy rain, and the gravitational pull between the Earth and the moon can cause a phenomenon known as King Tides. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts possible higher ‘King Tide’ levels on certain days between November and February in Kitsap. This increases the risk for coastal flooding in Kitsap County. A King Tide is colloquially used [...]

  • Flood Warning versus Flood Watch
  • Spanish Flood Warning versus Flood Watch

As a peninsula without a river, flooding in Kitsap County is most commonly triggered by King Tides and winter storm conditions. Neighboring counties, however, often experience river flooding in the early spring with a combination of heavy rains and melting mountain snow. It’s important to remember that flooding is the most common disaster for Washington state, and to know how to stay safe when flooding impacts our region. Remember never to drive into a flooded area as it may be deeper than it appears and 12 inches of fast moving water can carry away a small car.

  • Flood Safety terms: Watch=floods are possible. Warnings= will occur soon, move to higher ground.
  • Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. Sign-up for local alerts & warnings now before a flood impacts you.
  • Timely info on weather conditions like a flood can make a big difference. Sign up for local alerts & warnings.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts on your cell phone can warn you about flash flooding. Take action if you receive an alert.
  • Learn more about the threat of floods in Kitsap County.

It’s Not Luck!

  • Let your go kit be your lucky charm. Make a go bag today.
  • During an extended power outage, ATMs and credit card machines may not work. Don’t rely on luck. Include cash in your emergency supply kit.
  • Learn how to shut off the utilities at home, including water, electricity, and gas.
  • Remember your pets in your plans!

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It's not luck, it's preparedness

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