I’ve been busy posting to Facebook and Twitter the last 6 days during this unprecedented storm and power outage. Thank you all for your incredible patience and support of your neighbors during this difficult time. Things were moving too fast to update my blogsite…but I thought it would be important to post the latest update. I will continue posting to Facebook and Twitter…so be sure to follow me @amberwaldref!
Here is the Monday, Nov. 23rd Emergency Management Update:
– Forecast looks better than previous predictions. An estimated inch of snow Monday-Tuesday rather than two inches. Snow will begin Monday night and taper off by Tuesday.
– On Tuesday winds will be 15-25 MPH with gusts up to 35 MPH from the N.E.. Winds are expected to diminish Wednesday night.
– Avista still has 33,500 outages down from 38,000. 95 crews are working on restoration today.
Modifying approach to include schools fire stations and hot spots.
– Avista is estimating that most customers will have power by Wednesday at 11:30pm, but they said some customers will be without power during Thanksgiving. South Hill is area with most outages. The Avista website is not completely accurate with the estimates.
– SPD are increasing their patrols in neighborhoods without power and said there was a 9% uptick in property crimes during the outage time period with most of these Commercial burglaries. They will continue to put out safety message especially regarding stop light outages.
– SRHD is messaging around mental fatigue (warning signs, etc) and the need for us to continue working as a community and helping one another.
– Frontier Behavioral Health has been receiving over 100 calls a day on their 211 line. The zip codes where most calls are coming from are (in rank order): 99205, 99223, 99207, 99201 and 99202. Most calls have been about timeframe for power coming back online and debris removal.
– State Emergency Management Division will be in town next week; Information will be collected on damaged buildings, equipment use and time, overtime and building inspections for purposes of reporting to FEMA.
– 14 traffic signals out currently (7 with generators).
– 43 volunteers went door to door this morning. Capacity for one hundred volunteers.
– United Way put together list of Thanksgiving meals that people can access (for those without power, etc).
– Fire Dept. still receiving 100 more dispatches than they typically receive; but it’s trending back downward.
– Spokane Public Schools still has five warming centers open. Feeding between 5-300 people at each site.
– SPS still has 6 schools without power, and another 8 schools without fiber (phone and Internet). The school district will be discussing whether to open tomorrow at 3:30pm today, with a decision to be announced before 5pm.
– A “food group” meeting will be happening at 12:30pm today among Emergency Management planners and partners to gather more info on access to food during Thanksgiving.
– SNAP will be handling deployment of blue tarps for emergency covering (e.g. Hole in roof) due to windstorm. This will be coordinated via 211.
– Next EM meeting is tomorrow at 10:30am.