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Thursday, March 22, 2018

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MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES PREPARATIONS AHEAD OF TONIGHT'S STORM, CANCELS BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS


BOSTON - Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced preparations for tonight's storm, which is expected to bring a total of 4-9 inches of snow, with the bulk of snow occurring overnight and ending tomorrow afternoon.

Over the course of this evening and tomorrow morning, Boston Public Works Department (PWD) crews will have up to 800 pieces of equipment ready to pre-treat and clear roadways. PWD currently has over 28,000 tons of salt on hand to treat the streets of Boston.

"Although we're facing some uncertainty in the forecast, Boston is taking the precautionary measure to cancel school tomorrow to ensure the safety of our students," said Mayor Walsh. "While the City is prepared to keep our streets, residents, and students safe, I ask residents to once again help us by checking on their neighbors, clearing the sidewalks and pedestrian ramps around their property, and staying off the roads when possible."

To ensure the safety of students, their families, and staff, Boston Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.



Additional Preparations:
·        Several city departments, including BPD, EMS and 311 continue to have extra support available to assist residents.
·        Boston Centers for Youth and Families will be open from 7:30am-6pm for youth ages 7 and older while parents work. All youth are welcome.
 
Rules on Clearing Snow:
·        Property owners must fully clear snow, sleet and ice from sidewalks and pedestrian ramps abutting the property within three hours after the snowfall ends or three hours after sunrise if the snow ends overnight. Failure to comply can result in a fine issued by PWD's Code Enforcement Division. As the storm will last over an extended period of time, property owners may find it easiest to shovel their sidewalk and ramps during the storm as well as after. 
·        Do not throw snow onto the street. Removal of snow, ice from a private property to the street or sidewalk is prohibited and can result in a fine issued by PWD's Code Enforcement Division.
·        Fines for failure to shovel sidewalks and improper removal of snow can be found here.

Safety Tips:
·        Remember to keep catch basins and fire hydrants clear.  For a map of catch basins and fire hydrants, visit http://www.bwsc.org.
·        Shoveling snow requires significant exertion; please be cautious and pay attention to symptoms. Stop if you feel chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheaded, nauseous/vomiting. Call 911 if those symptoms do not resolve quickly when you stop exertion.
·        Snow piles can make navigating intersections dangerous for walkers and drivers, please take extra care when turning corners with snowpiles that might limit visibility.
·        Pedestrians should use caution as visibility will be diminished due to blowing and drifting of the snow caused by high winds.
·        Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a concern during winter weather, especially with the use of generators. Residents should be sure to use their home heating systems wisely and safety, and have a working carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home. Call 911 immediately if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning.
·        Sitting in a car while idling can be deadly if the tailpipe is blocked. Do not let children sit in an idling car while shoveling. Clear any household exhaust pipes of snow. For example, gas exhaust from heating system or dryer.
·        Please check on neighbors, especially the elderly and those with disabilities.
·        Have a contractor check the roof to see if snow needs to be removed. If roof snow can be removed from the ground with the use of a snow-rake, do so with caution. Avoid working from ladders and be mindful of slippery surfaces.
 
Helping the Homeless:
·        If you see homeless individuals out in the cold who appear immobile, disoriented or underdressed for the cold, please call 911.
·        The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) coordinates a city-wide network of emergency shelters, outreach providers, city agencies and first responders to assist those in need of shelter.
·        Emergency shelters are open 24 hours and will accept any person in need. Men can access shelters through 112 Southampton Street, and women should go to the Woods-Mullen Shelter at 794 Massachusetts Ave. BPHC and the City are working closely with shelter providers to ensure that no client is without shelter, food, resources, and a warm respite from the cold.
·        Emergency shelters are open 24 hours and will accept any person in need.
·        During extreme cold weather, street outreach teams operate with extended hours and provide mobile outreach vans on the streets in the evening and throughout the day. Find more information here.
Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency notifications through AlertBoston and utilize the 311 call center for non-emergency related issues. Please follow @CityofBoston and visit boston.gov/snow for the latest updates.