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What You Can Do to Prepare for Winter Weather

Winter weather can be challenging to us personally, and our actions can also be hard on our water and air resources. Learn what you can do to help reduce seasonal pollutants.


Runoff from rain and melting snow goes down storm drains. Unlike the water that goes down your home’s drain to the sewer system, water that flows into storm drains is not typically treated or filtered for pollutants. It flows directly into creeks, streams, rivers, lakes, and Puget Sound.

Prepare to Prevent Pollution

At home, at work and or if you are boating, there are things you can do to prepare for a storm. The first step is to reduce your use and the amount on hand of hazardous products and hazardous wastes. Then safely store and secure any of these substances or materials you do have on hand.

Report Spills

Accidents happen, especially when the weather gets messy. If you see a spill or hazardous debris, please let us know.

Using Wood Heat

If you burn wood for heat, burn cleanly to reduce smoke and regional haze. Remember to comply with burning bans.

Diesel Generators

If you use a diesel generator as a back-up energy source, be aware of the danger of diesel emissions.

Other Resources

Access Washington

Emergency Management Division (EMD)

Department of Health

Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)