For Immediate Release
February 08, 2013
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Mayor's Press Office
A Blizzard Warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service is advising people not to travel after noon on Friday. A Snow Emergency and Parking Ban take effect at noon on Friday.
“Our number one goal right now is to make sure people stay safe,” Mayor Menino said. “The best thing everyone can do today and tomorrow is to stay home. Please stay off the roads, stay safe and let our Public Works crews work.”
· A Snow Emergency and Parking Ban will go into effect at noon
· All City buildings will close at noon
· Boston Public Works has 600 pieces of equipment on city streets
· 34,000 tons of salt are available for use
· The Boston Fire Department has added 7 extra fire trucks from its reserves and 8 rapid response vehicles to monitor downed power lines and other road hazards
· Boston Emergency Medical Services has added 8 extra ambulances, 14 more rapid response vehicles
· Boston Police have a full deployment in the field, and the shift may be held over throughout the storm.
The Mayor seeks to avoid gridlock on City streets and keep the streets clear to allow for Public Works and emergency vehicles to have unobstructed access to the roads. Commuters are asked not to drive into the City on Friday unless absolutely necessary.
Residents with storm-related questions or concerns should call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500 which will have extra staff on hand to field any possible increase in calls due to the storm.
While a snow emergency is in effect, parking is prohibited on all major arteries in Boston. Mayor Menino urges everyone to use public transportation when traveling. Residents are reminded to remain at home throughout the duration of this snow event and businesses tomorrow should consider asking employees to work from home.
Mayor Menino also reminds residents of the following:
· Older residents or those with health conditions should refrain from shoveling this heavy wet snow.
· During a Snow Emergency, parking is prohibited on all major arteries in Boston. These streets are posted with “Tow Zone - No Parking During Snow Emergency” signs.
· A listing of major arteries and alternate parking can be found at http://www.cityofboston.gov/snow/parking/.
· On streets other than major arteries, do not park within 20 feet of an intersection or further than one foot from the curb, as this impedes access for both emergency vehicles and snow plows.
· Parking space savers must be removed no more than 48 hours after a snow emergency is lifted. The City’s Department of Public Works will remove space savers left out beyond this period.
· Do not throw snow back into the street. “Throwbacks” force the city to remove snow from the same street twice.
· Shovel out fire hydrants, catch basins and pedestrian ramps close to your home.
· Property owners are reminded to shovel snow from sidewalks that abut their homes and businesses and any handicapped ramps close to your homes or business.
· Do not double-park.
· Please check on elderly neighbors and others in need.
· For additional snow and cold weather safety tips, please visit www.cityofboston.gov/snow
During declared snow emergencies, discounted parking is available at several parking lots and garages to cars that display Boston resident parking stickers. Residents are encouraged to use the City’s “Know Snow” program for access to other important storm-related information. For more information, visithttp://cityofboston.gov/snow
The City's Shelter Commission asks that any resident who sees a potential medical emergency involving a homeless person dial 911.
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