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Dec. 6, 2023

Key messages

  • Be prepared when waters rise!
  • New grant will help educate Pierce County about dangerous chemicals.
  • Learn more about poison centers and fentanyl.
  • Protect your family from fireproofing chemicals.


Be prepared when flooding hits Pierce County!

Make sure you are prepared for the next round of wet winter weather! Heavy rain this week brought flooding to parts of Pierce County.

  • Plan a spot to meet. Know the safest route from your home or business.
  • Keep a list of valuables in a safe location.
  • Direct downspouts at least 10 feet away from your home and clear your gutters.
  • Rake leaves and debris away from drains and low areas.
  • Sign up for PCALERTS so you can track flood risk.

Visit our infographic and webpage to learn more.

Keep you and your family safe from dangerous household chemicals

Soon, you can learn more about perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, and why you should avoid them in your household.

PFAS are a group of chemicals that manufacturers used in many consumer products and industrial processes. Several government agencies are working with manufacturers to phase these chemicals out, but they can still be found in everyday products like:

  • Cleaning supplies.
  • Water-resistant fabrics like rain jackets, umbrellas, and tents.
  • Grease-resistant paper.
  • Nonstick cookware.
  • Personal care products, like shampoo, dental floss, nail polish, and eye makeup.
  • Stain-resistant coatings on carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics.

In 2024-2025, we will help people learn about how they can reduce their exposure to PFAS. A Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) grant will support education, outreach, and an exchange of PFAS-laden cookware. You’ll soon see ads from us teaching people how to stay safe!

Questions? Email Judy Olsen at

Learn about poison centers and fentanyl

Drug overdose is the leading cause of injury deaths in Pierce County. Join the Opioid Task Force at 10 a.m. on Dec. 12 with Scott Phillips, Executive Director of the Washington Poison Center, to learn how:

  • Poison centers work.
  • Washington Poison Center works with other U.S. poison centers.
  • Exposure to fentanyl affects your body.
  • Naloxone (Narcan) can reverse opioid poisonings.
  • To use naloxone.

Share the meeting info and invite others with our flyer. Contact Chelsea Amato or Gabbie Hubbard for the meeting invite.

What do you know about fireproofing chemicals?

Do you have flame retardant chemicals in your home? For a long time, flame retardants—chemicals used to meet safety standards—were in many products. While not all are worrisome for your health, some are. Household products that can contain flame retardants include:

  • Older furniture cushions.
  • Older breastfeeding pillows.
  • Older diaper changing pads.
  • Some car seats.
  • Tents.

Learn what you should know to protect yourself and your family in this Your Reliable Source blog.

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