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July 2010- Vol 2, Issue 5
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In This Issue
Lahar siren test this Saturday
Golf for Life--space still available
We need your blood
Guarding your car & home from prowlers
Watching the water
Public Notices
Get emergency alerts by cell or text
Emergency alert calls are no longer just for land-line phones. 
Pierce County just launched the Alert! system.  With this new emergency notification service, you can get critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, and evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods. For example, Sumner used the previous system during the floods to call residents near the area, but that system only reached land-line phones.

With Alert!, you will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, cell, or business phone, email, text messages, hearing impaired receiving devices, and more. You pick where, you pick how.
To learn more and sign up for alerts, click here.
Lahar Siren Test in Puyallup

Speaking of alerts, Puyallup has decided to audibly test their lahar sirens again this Saturday, July 10 at 10 am.  You may hear them in Sumner as well.  Following May's test, many in Sumner are asking for more routine tests at standard days/times.  The City continues to work with Pierce County's Department of Emergency Management to better test the sirens in the future.  

Golf for Life is coming up
Denny's team at Golf Tourney 
The Second Annual Golf for Life tournament
Presented by Denny's Valley Autobody
 & DM Disposal
July 23, 2010
Sumner Meadows Golf Links
There are still spaces left for teams and individuals to golf and for non-golfers to join us for dinner.  Cost is $80 per person to golf (dinner included) or $20 for dinner only.  Proceeds support the City of Sumner's Relay for Life Team.
Thank You for Your Support
Presenting sponsors Denny's Valley Autobody & DM Disposal
Branks BBQ
Top Foods Lakeland Hills
The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse
American Hardware Mutual Insurance Co.
Yep, it's finally happened: government wants your blood too!
Sumner Community Blood Drive
July 20, 1-4 pm
City Hall
Hey Sumner, let's save some lives!  Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and we can help them.
Call Cascade Regional Blood Services at 1-877-24-BLOOD to sign up.
If you are donating, be sure to eat well, drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids and bring a form of ID.
Guarding your car & house against prowlers
Block Watch in a BoxWhen the sun comes out (finally), so do the prowlers.  Sumner has seen an increase in car prowls lately as we tend to leave the doors and windows of our cars and houses more open.  The good news is that there are some easy steps you can take to protect yourself.  For starters, lock your car when it's unattended.  (It may seem simple, but you'd be surprised how many people don't!) 
And, what about your home?  Avoid leaving ground-floor windows open and unattended, even when it's hot.  Another tool is to host a block watch party.  Just by meeting your neighbors socially, you increase your overall neighborhood safety.  We even have a free kit to get you started. 
Watching the water
Speaking of warmer weather, the arrival of the sun means we'll all be using more water.  Most people in Sumner enjoy lush gardens and beautiful lawns, but there are ways to go green and stay green (and save some "green" in your wallet) at the same time! 
  • Water very early in the morning before the sun rises.  If you don't have an automatic system, at least avoid watering in the middle of the day when most of your water simply evaporates. 
  • Water deeper and less frequently.  Small doses every day encourage shallow roots on your plants and lawn, making them less hardy.  Instead, give them a good, deep drink every-other day or twice a week.
  • Avoid watering concrete.  Check your sprinkler heads and make sure they're hitting your plants and yard rather than the sidewalk or street.
Public Notices
Ever see a yellow Notice sign around town and not get the chance to read it fully?  Public notices are also posted online, which may be an easier (and drier) option for keeping up to date on the latest public notices.