Friday, October 28, 2011

Snow removel and exercise. Community Participation. Whole Community Approach


Many individuals treat snow emergencies as just an inconvenience or interruption to normal individual and community routines.  But, snow emergencies have physical & mental health, financial and economic impacts on a community.   

Treating snow emergencies with the same planning requirements, and preparedness as earthquakes, tornadoes, flooding, and man-made disasters will contribute to decreasing health effects, and the financial and economic impacts.   

Communities can plan block traffic parking patterns, and block snow removal plans that can greatly increase the movement of neighbors and emergency personnel.  Planning with public safety and transportation departments on snow removal plans have to be considered long before these events occur.   

A weekend snow emergency exercise with neighbors can provide assurance that each neighbor knows what will be the procedures for parking, snow shoveling, and assistance to those that are unable to remove even small amounts of snow due to physical limitation.   

Contact your local public safety, transportation, or other authority for snow removel on public roads and residential areas.  Communities with home owner or other residential associations have snow removal plans.  Contact them for snow removal patterns in your area.

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