Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 Snow Emergency Brochure

The City of Salem has released the 2016 Snow Emergency Brochure. There have been some changes from previous years, most notable the city has created a "Downtown Snow Emergency District". In this area of Downtown snow emergencies will not go into effect until midnight of the night they are declared to minimize impact on local businesses. 

Please review the brochure and pre-plan for winter storms. Identify nearby off street parking locations and gather permits if you need them. Plan for alternate transportation if you work an essential job and rely on public transit. Sign up for the Code Red Notification system if you have already to have information about snow emergencies sent to your cell phone or email. Save the following numbers in your phone in the event of an issue during a snow storm:
  • Salem Department of Public Service (for all snow removal, plowing, or road hazards. If there is no answer leave a message and the issue will addressed as soon as possible.): 978-744-3302
  • Salem Fire Department: 978-744-1235
  • Salem Police Department: 978-744-1212 or 978-744-0171
  • National Grid Electric: 1-800-465-1212
  • National Grid Gas: 1-800-732-3400
  • All Emergencies - 9-1-1
Please direct your call to the appropriate agency or organization for the most prompt service. During storms all city departments see an increase in calls for service and we ask for your patience and understanding. Do not call 9-1-1 for information, complaints, or concerns please reserve the lines for true emergencies.

We will make every effort to keep you informed this winter. Vital information during snow emergencies will be posted regularly here, on our Facebook page, and on our Twitter account. Please check them regularly as the winter proceeds and follow our accounts if you have not done so.

We've had a great winter so far, hopefully this post didn't jinx us!