Contact Information:

City of Tukwila Emergency Management
15005 Tukwila International Blvd
Tukwila, WA 98188

Phone: 206 971-8750

Email Emergency Management

Power Outages

Power Outages in the Tukwila area are typically related to high winds and should be prepared for just like any other emergency. Here are some ways you can prepare for a power outage:


Preparing for a Power Outage

  • Have an emergency kit that includes flashlights, extra batteries, and cash. (ATMs don’t work without electricity.)
  • Keep your cell phone charged and have alternative methods to charge your phone and other devices, such as a battery pack.
  • Plug electronics and other critical appliances in your home into surge protectors.
  • If you have an electronic garage door opener, know where the manual release lever is and how to operate it.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank at least half full. Gas stations rely on electricity to pump the pumps.
  • Consider purchasing a generator. If you have a generator, strictly adhere to the safety requirements to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If you rely on anything that is power dependent, such as a medical device, determine a back-up plan.
  • Keep shrubbery and tree branches trimmed.


During a Power Outage


Practice Fire Safety

  • Use battery-operated light sources such as flashlight. AVOID using candles and other open-flame light sources.
  • NEVER use gas ovens, gas ranges, barbecues, or propane heaters for indoor heating. Doing so can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and an increased risk of fire.


Preserve Devices and Appliances

  • Limit the number of times you open the refrigerator and freezer to help keep foods cold.
  • Turn off as many lights and other electrical items as possible to help eliminate fire hazards and reduce the power draw when service is restored.


Stay Safe on the Road

  • Stay away from downed powerlines and fallen branches.
  • If driving, treat intersections with non-working traffic lights as a four-way stop.


Be Informed

  • Monitor available local media for updates and important safety information.


After a Power Outage

Throw away all spoiled food. For more guidance of food safety, click here.