Media Contact: John Lisle (DDOT) at (202) 671-2004; Linda Grant (DPW) at (202) 671-2375
(Washington, DC) As the District’s Snow Team (Department of Transportation and Department of Public Works) readies the city for its first major snow event of the season, residents are reminded to plan and prepare for their safety.
“While many consider snowstorms fun or even romantic, it’s important to remember that they also can be deadly if you leave yourself vulnerable,” said DPW Director William O. Howland Jr. “Residents are more likely to stay comfortable and safe during this weekend’s storm if they are prepared,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein.
The Snow Team offers the following tips to help prepare for snow events:
- Stay off the roads if possible during and immediately following the storm.
- Give the snow plows plenty of room to do their jobs.
- Have a designated driver. It’s the holiday season, so be safe.
- Keep a taxicab company’s number nearby, just in case.
- Make sure shovels and other snow removal equipment are in working order.
- Spread salt and kitty litter before the snow begins. Shovel to keep walkways around your property clear of snow.
- Know your neighbors, especially those who may need your assistance or who can assist you during or after a snow emergency. Use the time before a snow storm to develop a volunteer list to assist neighbors who are unable to shovel.
- Stock up on batteries for flashlights, radios, battery-powered computer games, toys, lamps and lanterns.
- Compile a list of family members’ medications, as well as phone numbers for doctors, pharmacies and emergency rooms.
- Stay warm but stay safe. Have alternative heat sources and plenty of blankets on hand in case of a power outage, but be sure to monitor space heaters and keep them away from curtains, tots and pets. Cover the windows and spaces around the doors to keep drafts at a minimum.
- Put a 10-pound bag of cat litter, ice scraper, shovel, and blanket, flash light and emergency supplies in the vehicle.
- Keep gas tanks at least half full.
- Buy new windshield wiper blades and winterize your car and tires.
- Keep mobile telephones fully charged. Invest in a car charger.
- Identify alternate parking space(s), either on or off-street, particularly if your street is a Snow Emergency Route.
- If you must be on the road, drive slowly!
Since forecasts call for snowfall to begin Friday night, residents are urged to use the time before any snowfall begins wisely, getting any supplies they will need to remain indoors, including food and water, on Friday as the storm will likely begin by the time they awake Saturday morning.
Residents can download and print a copy of the DC Family Preparedness Guide* and get more information on how snow is handled in the District.