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Category: Crime/safety prevention


Blizzard warning in effect … but not for Tacoma area

Pierce County residents responding to our all-call tell us they got emergency alerts this afternoon about a blizzard from Tacoma, University Place, Spanaway and other lowland areas that the National Weather Service says are not expected to get blizzards. We also heard from Seattle-area residents who got the same alert.

Here’s a snapshot one reader sent from her phone in the Puyallup area:

According to the National Weather Service, the message sent was part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, which started sending notifications across the country this year.

It seemingly refers to a blizzard warning

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Puyallup police start campaign against DUIs, car prowls, vehicle theft

Puyallup police start a campaign today to reduce car prowls, vehicle theft and impaired driving.

The annual Not in Puyallup Emphasis Campaign will include 15 extra DUI emphasis patrols between Nov. 24 and Dec. 31.

Officers will also be targeting car prowlers and vehicle thieves is shopping areas of the city.

Community volunteers will help inspect cars at the South Hill Mall Dec. 22 to educate the public about why valuables shouldn’t be left in vehicles during the holiday season.


Safety check: Tacoma Fire Thanksgiving tips

Three times as many home cooking fires happen nationally on Thanksgiving than other days of the year, according to Tacoma Fire.

Here’s a checklist from the fire department for  safe Thanksgiving cooking:

-Heat cooking oil slowly. Watch it closely; it can catch fire quickly.

-Have a lid close by to smother potential grease fires.

-Keep kids at least three feet away from the stove.

-Keep packaging away from burners.

-Don’t leave cooking unattended.

-Make sure your smoke alarms are working.


What to do before and during a flood: safety tips from Tacoma Fire

With this week’s downpour, Tacoma Fire sent out tips for flood preparedness:

Before a flood:

-Know evacuation routes and what the risk of flooding is where you live.

-Clean leaves from storm drains and gutters.

-Have a disaster supply kit. FEMA recommends this list.

During a flood:

-Don’t walk or drive through flooded areas.

-Be aware that fast-moving water that’s six inches deep can sweep you off your feet, and two feet of water can sweep away cars. Water can been deeper than it appears.

-Report downed power lines to Tacoma Public Utilities at 253-502-8602. Do not try to

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Police looking for robbers of Tacoma convenience stores

Tacoma police are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects in a series of at least four armed robberies of convenience stores in the city in the past several weeks.

One or two suspects armed with a handgun demanded cash from a clerk in each of the robberies.

The suspects are described as white or Hispanic males with thin builds, ages 20 to 25 , and between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches.

The robberies were at:

• 6:45 p.m. on Thursday October 25th at Jubilee restaurant on S. 38th St.

• 7:10 p.m. on

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Red Cross releases free Wildfire App

The American Red Cross today released its free Wildfire App for iPhone and Android platforms, which allows users to track the blazes.

The program sends warnings when conditions could cause wildfires, alerts when a fire has begun within 100 miles of monitored locations and shows the perimeter of existing fires as available.

App users can also send “I’m safe” messages to let friends and family know they are unharmed.

Other features include locations of open Red Cross shelters, Spanish language settings, preparedness checklists, a flashlight and alarm, and emergency instructions that are available without a mobile connection.

Users can earn

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Tacoma Fire to hold free CPR training Sunday

Tacoma Fire has scheduled its annual CPR Sunday for Oct. 14.

The free classes throughout the day provide classroom and practical CPR training.

After learning the basics, participants practice with manikins and automatic external defibrillators.

People who take the course will get a citizen-level CPR card.

Participants can preregister online.

Classes will be at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. at Foss High School, 2112 S. Tyler St.

American Sign Language and Spanish interpreters will be at the 10 a.m. class.


Red Cross launches Earthquake App

American Red Cross officials said Tuesday that they have released an Earthquake App for iPhone and Android platforms that will give users quake notifications and safety information in the event of an emergency.

Features of the free app include tips on what to do before, during and following an earthquake.

The app’s notifications show the epicenter and magnitude of a quake, and users can broadcast messages through the program to let family and friends know they are safe.

Open Red Cross shelters are also featured on the app, which is available in both English and Spanish.

The agency’s

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