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Suzanne Hartman | Ready for extreme weather?

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Last year, Mother Nature decided to test us with some extreme winter weather. How well did you do? Will you be ready this year?

Chelan County Public Utility District staff and crews practice regularly to be ready when an emergency hits. We don’t wait for winter to get here, because we need to be ready all year around. Last year, we had difficulty getting to some of our customers, particularly in the Lake Wenatchee area. Road closures and hazardous conditions make it too dangerous to send out our crews. So, we want to make sure that you are prepared to ride out the weather until we can get to you.

Everyone should have an emergency kit to get you, your family and your pets through at least three days. The PUD has detailed information on our website,, that lists the kinds of things to include in your kit. Don’t forget medicines, extra glasses, and even some cash — because ATMs and retail outlets may lose power, too.

As part of Public Power Week (Oct. 6–12) the PUD will hold an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, from noon–2 p.m. at Camp Zanika on the south shore of Lake Wenatchee to help customers prepare for whatever weather challenges we might face this winter.

PUD lineworkers will be on hand to talk about electric safety and our arborist will talk about looking for unsafe trees that could damage power line. We’ll have a meteorologist on hand to fill us in on what to expect this winter weather-wise. And, we will even have door prizes, including an emergency kit for the car and one for the home. Directions and more information are on the Chelan PUD website.

And, the PUD is asking the community to join our employees in a food and non-food drive to help our neighbors in need this winter. We will be accepting donations of items such as packaged and canned food items, non-food items such as bar soap, dishwashing soap, laundry soap, shampoo, diapers and other personal care items. Just drop them off at any PUD office listed below.

On Friday, Oct. 11, the PUD will have coffee and cookies available at all of the offices. For questions, just give us a call at (509) 663-8121 or toll-free at 800-663-8121.

Suzanne Hartman is communications manager for Chelan County Public Utility District. She can be reached at