Officials urge residents to check on elderly neighbors as outage lingers
January 20, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 11 a.m. Jan. 20, 2012
The pummeling from winter weather for several days means many people, especially senior citizens and people of limited mobility, have been stuck at home for almost a week.
Officials urged residents in Issaquah and elsewhere in King County to check on people in their neighborhoods to see if they need assistance. Consider inviting people without power to a warm place to heat up amid the ongoing power outage.
(Puget Sound Energy estimated about 11,000 customers without power in Issaquah early Thursday morning.)
Residents can also seek refuge at a 24-hour shelter at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainer Blvd. S. The shelter is operated by the city and the American Red Cross.
Officials also reminded people to limit calls to 911 to actual emergencies.
Contact a medical professional or service agency if the issue is not a medical emergency. If a resident cannot drive himself or herself to a medical facility, he or she should assistance from a family member or neighbor, Access Van or taxi service (at his or her own expense). The local public health agency offers more information about access to medical facilities amid difficult conditions.
Or, call 211 to ask general human services questions.